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Monday 18 November 2019

Munster need favour from Montpellier

Johann van Graan. Photo: Sportsfile
Johann van Graan. Photo: Sportsfile

Munster coach Johan van Graan will have more than a passing interest in what happens in Edinburgh this evening.

At present, Richard Cockerill's Scots lead Pool 5 on 19 points, two ahead of their guests Montpellier to Murrayfield.

Van Graan will be praying for the French club to pull rank and grab that away win.

The good news for Munster is that Montpellier have selected a star-studded fifteen, led by a host of Springboks, like the du Plessis brothers, Bismarck and Jannie, and Ulster old boy Ruan Pienaar.

As long as Montpellier turn-up in body and mind, they could force the issue against European surprise packets Edinburgh.

This would leave Munster with a home quarter-final reward in their hands as long as they can get the better of Exeter Chiefs.

There are no guarantees on offer in Limerick tomorrow evening, as Exeter are coming off a resounding victory over Castres at Sandy Park.

The Chiefs were explosive in dominating the French club and are likely to show the same resolve that had Leinster in a spin in the Aviva last season.

The English club has never been able to deliver when it truly matters in Europe. It is the next step in their evolution to join the best.

Munster will let everyone know today that they will probably have to go to battle without their captain Peter O'Mahony.

The scene is set for a titanic tussle from which only the strongest will survive.

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