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Sunday 17 December 2017

Munster's in-form flyers can finish this Italian job

Benetton Treviso v Munster, Stadio di Monigo, Tomorrow (KO 3.15) Live RTé 2

Munster coach Tony McGahan had to sit and watch Leinster and the Ospreys move further clear in light of the postponement of their match against Aironi last week.

It was clear to all present that the other Italian club, Treviso, had the muscle but not the fitness to go with Leinster at the RDS last Friday night.

Their big men were blowing hard on their feet as Joe Schmidt's troops moved away to add four tries and 28 points in the last quarter.

This is the very scenario for which Munster have widened their game plan. It would make life more difficult to spend too much time confronting Treviso in the tight and down the narrow channels.

There are in-form finishers, none more so than Simon Zebo, on the outside to get the job done and a possible return of the remarkably brave but unfortunate Felix Jones.

Verdict: Munster

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