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Saturday 18 November 2017

Reds can maul Cheetahs

Rassie Erasmus
Rassie Erasmus

Munster stand alone as the only club in Conference A to amass the full five points from round one of the PRO14 League ahead of hosting the Toyota Cheetahs at Thomond Park tomorrow evening (KO 5.15, TG4).

They would have targeted a return of ten points from these two home matches and they are halfway there.

The South Africans were energetic, expansive, skilful and inventive for the opening quarter in Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium. They should not be taken for granted, for their quick-striking speed game which is predicated on finding space.

Slouches

Munster were no slouches themselves against Treviso and they will take their show up the road to Limerick for what has all the promise of a great night of enterprise and entertainment.

Any concern over whether the players would play for Rassie Erasmus, ahead of his departure, were always overstated given how they all play, first and foremost, for personal gain.

Sure, there has to be complete buy-in to what the collective is striving to achieve.

This all starts with getting your chance and taking it.

It is important Munster don't get drawn into a shootout and there is no one more in tune with how to depower the Cheetahs than Erasmus.

The sight of the Southern Kings and Cheetahs at the foot of both Conferences is not a good look.

It is not likely to change by the end of this week.

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