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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Munster can crash Parks' party

Munster v Glasgow Warriors, Thomond Pk, tonight 8.0 (live Setanta IRELAND)

This is undoubtedly the most interesting fixture of Round 14 with Glasgow feathered by the return of a clutch of Scottish internationals and buoyed by what happened at Croke Park last Saturday.

The Warriors must be in confident mood, considering that eight Glasgow players started for Scotland that day. Furthermore, they are ahead of Munster on points-difference in the Magners.

The 'Killer Bs' back row of Kelly Brown, John Barclay and Johnny Beatie will have to be controlled or Munster will face a long, trying night in the trenches with Dan Parks on hand to bang over the penalties.

The home side will have to switch on. Donncha O'Callaghan, Ronan O'Gara and Tony Buckley will want to shake away the after-effects of their last experience at GAA headquarters.

Out-half O'Gara will lead the Reds with Mick O'Driscoll, O'Callaghan, Marcus Horan and Neil Ronan looking to provide the necessary quality ball to make Glasgow suffer on the night.

Verdict: Munster

Munster: P Warwick; D Hurley, L Mafi, J de Villiers, I Dowling; R O'Gara (capt), P Stringer; M Horan, D Fogarty, T Buckley, D O'Callaghan, M O'Driscoll, A Quinlan, N Ronan, J Coughlan.

Glasgow Warriors: B Stortoni; P Murchie, M Evans, G Morrison, DTH van der Merwe D Parks, C Cusiter; J Welsh, D Hall, M Low, R Gray, D Turner, K Brown, J Barclay (capt), J Beattie.

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