Munster V Saracens

This will be Munster’s 12th European Cup semi-final, a record for the competition and their 158th tournament game, Munster have won their last four Champions Cup games and have not gone on a longer run since winning six-in-a-row in 2013/14 when they last reached the semi-final. Munster & Saracens have met once before in the semi-final with Munster progressing to the final in 2008 after an 18-16 victory at the Ricoh Arena.

Having suffered a big loss to Saracens 33-10 2 years ago, Munster will have to have everyone on the same page if they are to overcome the powerful English and European champions side. Having 45,000 + fans in Lansdowne road will of course help Munster rise to the challenge, the English side in their fifth successive semi-final and looking to make it through to the final at Murryafield on Saturday, 3 May, they will have gone a record 17 games without defeat in the tournament if they beat Munster.

I think Munster will match them up front, but the backs Saracens have at their disposal could be the difference between the sides.

Murray & Stander must start if Munster are to have any chance. I expect Munster to use a lot of box kicking while Saracens will go the fast ball through the hands route to Maitland & Ashton. Munster’s set piece has been the foundation of their success to date this season, whereas Saracens can in an instant score tries from broken play.

 

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