Munster diving towards URC quarter-final

Tom Ahern scores Munster’s sixth try during this past weekend’s 47-12 tussle with Connacht. Photo: Brendan Moran.

SEVEN wins on the trot and seven tries against Connacht (47-12), Munster are in superb form and will be keen to maintain momentum when they tackle Edinburgh at the Hive Stadium on Friday (7.45pm).

There were phases at the weekend when Graham Rowntree’s side displayed their best rugby for some time.

It was breath-taking and the fitness level of the players was highlighted by Simon Zebo’s speed, preventing a certain score in the second half.

If Munster ultimately retain the trophy, much of the credit will surely go to the coaching staff and, with the team trying to add to their run of victories, an eighth successive win against the Scots is not out of the question.

Edinburgh will surely name Ben Healy at 10. He figured well against Zebre Parma when a late burst of scores gave Edinburgh a 40-14 bonus point win. Sean Coach Everitt is confident that his team can reap the laurels when Munster visit.

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“I am convinced that we can beat the reigning champions to nail down a spot in the play-offs. I know they are the form team at the moment but if we play well we can beat them,” he said.

The home side will also feature Wes Goosen, Duhan van der Merwe, and captain Grant Gilchrist.

It is hard to find fault in Munster’s current set-up. They appear to be strong in every aspect of play and with a healthy spread of players in scoring form, the head coach could be smiling again at the final whistle.

On the possibility of changes, Rowntree stated: “Not really, because we get the weekend off after. I don’t need to massively rotate the squad.”

“We need to keep momentum with the guys that are playing well. We put a lot more focus into the activity of our bench in games and selection of our bench. We need to keep momentum with the guys that are playing well.”

Munster are now well on target for a home quarter final spot and a win over Edinburgh could ensure a last four pay day for the Reds in Thomond Park.