Friday 18 January 2019

Kleyn's return could tip scales in Munster's favour

Jean Klyen. Pic: Sportsfile
Jean Klyen. Pic: Sportsfile

Fireworks are certain to go off in Glasgow this evening in the outstanding tie of round five in The Champions Cup.

In the blue corner, the Warriors will hunt their first European Cup quarter-final in the dying days of Gregor Townsend's tenure as their head coach.

 "It's great to be involved in such a key European game and our players are looking forward to the match," he said.

"We've built up some good momentum over the past few weeks,

"But, Munster are also in a rich vein of form, so we are going to have to deliver a big performance to get a win. 

"They work hard as a team, whether it's in the set-piece in defence or on kick-chase. The Scotstoun crowd will need to be even louder than they were last weekend to drive our players throughout the contest."

In the red corner, resurgent Munster will eye-up an incredible 16th quarter-final.

Their Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus has made four changes to the fifteen which shredded Racing 92 last week. Loose-head Dave Kilcoyne rotates with James Cronin and second row Jean Kleyn has recovered from illness.

In the back row, the fast-improving Jack O'Donoghue will step into the role vacated by the injured Tommy O'Donnell.

Ireland's Keith Earls completes a speedy back three with Simon Zebo and the in-form Andrew Conway.

It will go down to the wire with Munster likely to edge the points.

Glasgow: S Hogg; T Seymour, M Bennett, A Dunbar, L Jones; F Russell, A Price; G Reid, F Brown, Z Fagerson, T Swinson, J Gray (capt), R Harley, R Wilson, J Strauss.

Munster: S Zebo; A Conway, J Taute, R Scannell, K Earls; T Bleyendaal, C Murray; D Kilcoyne, N Scannell, J Ryan, J Kleyn, D Ryan, P O'Mahony (capt), J O'Donoghue, CJ Stander.

Verdict: Munster


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