Wednesday 23 January 2019

Munster to honour the memory of Foley back in Paris

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Rassie Erasmus
Rassie Erasmus

Munster return to the scene of their greatest tragedy to honour Anthony Foley the best way they know how.

The manner in which they have handled the transformation from immediate shock and despair at the demise of their former coach has been truly awe-inspiring.

They have been able to take eleven points away from three rounds of Pool One in the Champions Cup to sit right on the coat-tails of Glasgow Warriors (13 points) with this key game-in-reserve.

Their coping mechanism has been to do as Foley would have done.

They have knuckled down and handed out beatings to all but Leicester Tigers at Welford Road.

That could have gone either way as Owen Williams knocked over a last minute penalty from halfway.

The most important fact about this rendezvous in Paris might not be the eleven points Munster have gathered, but the none Racing have earned.

The interest of the French champions is questionable, to say the least. given the evidence of recent rounds.

However, the style and substance of Glasgow have marked them down as Munster's biggest dangers to emerging into the quarter-finals.

At this stage, Munster should be able to channel the emotion of the occasion into something worthwhile, even worth the four points.

The cool leadership of Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus has been impressive and the embrace of Jacques Nienaber's defence no less so.

It should enable Munster to put on a show that will move them ahead of Glasgow before the showdown in Scotstoun on Saturday week.

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