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    Pro12 Munster Vs Connacht - Sat 28th Nov 5.15 Sky Sports

    http://www.munsterrugby.ie/news/21569.php

    Interprovincial Face-Off

    Interprovincial rivalry takes centre stage at Thomond Park this weekend as Munster host table-topping Connacht in Round 8 of the competition. With just one place and a single league point separating both sides on the table, we preview what's sure to be a fiercely contested and entertaining affair.

    With almost one third of the season gone, PRO12 fans are already seeing more tries. The 186 scored to date are the most tallied by this stage since the tournament went home and away. In adding to the excitement, results are getting closer with 22 of the games played so far - including four out of six in the last round - ending up with a losing bonus point, the best ever recorded at this stage of the season.

    Connacht's 24-16 victory over Munster in Galway on New Year's Day was their first victory over their neighbours since 2008 and a strong start across all competitions this season will see them travel the short distance to Limerick brimming with confidence. The westerners' victory over Benetton Treviso last time out and the loss of Scarlets' 100% record saw Pat Lam's men take over the top spot on the PRO12 table, a position they have not held after a full round of games since the start of the 2010/11 season.

    Connacht top not only the PRO12 table, but after a disrupted couple of rounds of European rugby, also lead their pool in the EPCR Challenge Cup having completed and won both of their fixtures.

    Munster's only defeat in any tournament this season was 22-25 at Parc y Scarlets in Round 5 of the PRO12 whilst Anthony Foley's men have won their last 13 home league games since Ospreys visited Thomond Park in September 2014.

    In terms of attack and defence, Connacht might join Ulster and Cardiff in sharing the best attacking record of the league so far this season (23 tries), but it's the Munstermen who possess the better defensive record heading into Saturday's proceedings - conceding just 11 tries as against 16 for their visitors.

    Add to this the increase in physicality and intensity that goes hand in hand with interprovincial clashes and this weekend's game promises to be one of the season's most mouth-watering fixtures.
    Head to Head - Recent Guinness PRO12 Meetings
    Date Venue M C Munster scorers Connacht scorers
    Sat 22 Dec 12 Sportsground 16 12 Ian Keatley(C/3P) Penalty Try(T) Dan Parks(D/3P)
    Sat 23 Mar 13 Musgrave Park 22 0 Paul O'Connell(T) Ronan O'Gara(2C/P) Damien Varley(2T) -
    Fri 27 Dec 13 Thomond Park 22 16 JJ Hanrahan(T/C/5P) Dave Heffernan(T) Dan Parks(C/3P)
    Sat 19 Apr 14 Sportsground 32 23 Andrew Conway(T) Paddy Butler(T) Denis Hurley(T) Ian Keatley(3C/2P) Gerhard van den Heever(T) Matt Healy(T) Danie Poolman(T) Eoin McKeon(T) Dan Parks(C) Miah Nikora(2P)
    Thu 1 Jan 15 Sportsground 16 24 Peter O'Mahony(T) Ian Keatley(C/3P) Kieran Marmion(T) Darragh Leader(2C) Aly Muldowney(T) Miah Nikora(P) Craig Ronaldson(T/C)
    Sat 28 Mar 15 Thomond Park 42 20 Duncan Casey(T) Andrew Smith(T) Keith Earls(T) JJ Hanrahan(3C) Billy Holland(T) Denis Hurley(T) Ian Keatley(3C) Simon Zebo(T) Jack Carty(2P) Shane O'Leary(T) Miah Nikora(T/2C)
    Referee: Ben Whitehouse (WRU, 13th competition game)
    Assistant Referees: Mark Patton, Jonathan Peak (both IRFU)
    Citing Commissioner: Peter Ferguson (IRFU)
    TMO: Simon McDowell (IRFU)

    Munster v Connacht, Guinness PRO12 Round 8, Saturday November 28th at Thomond Park - KO 5.15pm.

    Tickets can be purchased online here, from the Munster Rugby Ticket Offices at Thomond Park and Musgrave Park, or by calling 0818 719 300.
    • Adults from €20
    • Families from €40 (2 adults & 2 kids)
    • Juniors from €7


    #2
    I was at the New Years Day match this year in Galway. I wore black and was, I suppose, neutral on the day, but leaning toward sympathies for Connacht and was delighted for them in their win. Connacht v Munster is the only time I'm conflicted as a Munsterfan. I'll be at the match this weekend too. I'll wear red, but apologies, my voice will not be nearly as fervent as normal.

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      #3
      The Munstermen have won their last 13 home games in the PRO12 at their two venues since Ospreys visited Thomond Park in September 2014.

      Connacht have also lost just once in any tournament this season: 32-33 at Glasgow in round 2 of the PRO12.

      Connacht have won their last five PRO12 fixtures equalling their best ever run in the tournament in 2002.

      Connacht's 24-16 victory over Munster in Galway on New Year's Day was their first victory over their neighbours since 2008, Connacht have not however beaten Munster at Thomond Park since 1986.
      Read more at http://www.pro12rugby.com/matchcentr...Xhx5IpKBj8e.99

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        #4
        Should be a great game.

        Hopefully the weather will be kind.

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          #5
          They are a different Connacht this season - won't be an easy game for Munster
          "There are a lot of points that we’ve left behind and this is with a young group. That probably tells you what they’re capable of and that they’re a very good side.

          Probably next year or the year after next they will take some stopping"

          Anthony Foley, May 2016. Axel RIP

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            #6
            Injury situation will be interesting for both teams.
            Yorn desh born, der ritt de gitt der gue,
            Orn desh, dee born desh, de umn bork! bork! bork!

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              #7
              Originally posted by Miguel Sanchez View Post
              Injury situation will be interesting for both teams.
              We know we are down both our hookers, POM, TOD and Archer. Let me guess Bleyendaals quad fell off?
              My computer thinks I'm gay
              What's the difference anyway
              When all the people do all day
              Is stare into a phone

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                #8
                Been looking forward to this one for weeks now. Was planning to head to it for the day trip, except that a job on the car is taking longer than planned.
                Tis but a scratch.

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                  #9
                  At Thomond Park, 5.15pm. Live on Sky Sports
                  Referee: Ben Whitehouse (WRU, 13th competition game)
                  Assistant Referees: Mark Patton, Jonathan Peak (both IRFU)
                  Citing Commissioner: Peter Ferguson (IRFU)
                  TMO: Simon McDowell (IRFU)

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                    #10
                    Really looking forward to this game, be interesting to see who we pick at centre because they'll be up against by far and away the best midfield in the country........... Also, Saturday is my dog's 10th birthday, so IMO that's as good a reason as any to have wee celebration!

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by déiseman View Post
                      Really looking forward to this game, be interesting to see who we pick at centre because they'll be up against by far and away the best midfield in the country........... Also, Saturday is my dog's 10th birthday, so IMO that's as good a reason as any to have wee celebration!

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                      Still single then........

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                        #12
                        Connacht's 'green lantern' jerseys to make debut against Munster

                        http://www.independent.ie/sport/rugb...-34230356.html

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Stanley View Post
                          Still single then........
                          No sir, the lucky lady in question got the two of us, we were a package deal.

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                            #14
                            We really do need to win this one.
                            Ceterum censeo INM irrumandum esse.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Thomond78 View Post
                              We really do need to win this one.
                              You really need to stop saying that.
                              ​​​​​​#GiveLeinsterTheHCupNow

                              Originally Posted by mr chips
                              AG gets the responses he does because he is a journalist..

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