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Wednesday 22 November 2017

O'Connell booster spells serious trouble for Treviso

IT is often said of a boxer without a killer punch that the number of times he has to go the distance shortens his career at the back end.

There is something similar about the way Munster have been scrapping through in Europe this season and just about holding onto fourth place in the PRO12 League. There are only so many times you can go to the well.

The announcement of Paul O'Connell's contract extension this week was a booster before coach Tony McGahan will demand a performance that will set the tone for the rest of the season.

Treviso have been making sure and steady progress since their entrance into this arena. A devil in their own house, they have not been as dangerous on the road.

Munster v Benetton Treviso, Thomond Park, Tomorrow (KO 8.15) Live RTE2

Verdict: Munster

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