Jack O’Donoghue desires Munster to profit from ‘an enormous alternative’ as they put together to host Toulouse in Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final on the Aviva Stadium (kick-off 3pm).

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It has been an actual coming-of-age European marketing campaign up to now for Munster, whose younger weapons stood tall to beat Wasps again in December regardless of Covid-19’s big affect on the province’s aborted journey to South Africa.

Johann van Graan’s males gained 4 out of 4 to complete third in Pool B, and their well-judged dispatching of Exeter Chiefs within the spherical of 16, mixed with Ulster’s defeat to Toulouse, gave them a house quarter-final.

The well-documented conflict with Ed Sheeran’s concert events at Thomond Park imply Munster are Dublin-bound to face Toulouse, who’ve gained on their final 4 visits to Eire.

In the event that they handle to dethrone the reigning champions and attain their first semi-final since 2019, the Peter O’Mahony-led facet will likely be away to Leicester Tigers or at residence to Leinster within the last-four.

Munster have had some notable wins over Toulouse previously, however again rower O’Donoghue mentioned: “This group, we already are writing our personal historical past. You may take a look at the previous however this can be a utterly new crop of gamers.

“So for us it’s all about having fun with the event and having fun with the build-up to the sport. For some lads it’s their first style of Champions Cup rugby with an enormous crowd. Taking part in on the Aviva with 30,000-plus individuals there.

“Whereas it’s an enormous recreation, it’s an enormous alternative for lads simply to embrace the event and to go on the market and actually categorical themselves.”

O’Donoghue featured on the longlist for the 2022 EPCR European Participant of the Yr award, having scored his first two Champions Cup tries in the course of the pool levels and maintained a constantly excessive stage of efficiency.

The youngest participant (on the age of 27) to achieve 150 caps for Munster, the Waterford man has performed throughout all three again row positions in Europe this season, his versatility coming to the fore when Gavin Coombes suffered an ankle harm final month.

O’Donoghue, who will begin at quantity 8 tomorrow afternoon, is relishing developing in opposition to Toulouse’s formidable pack. He performed in opposition to them in each 2017 and 2021 and in addition spoke extremely of the French club’s kicking recreation.

“I feel it’s going to be an unbelievable set piece battle for us. We’ve seen what they’ve carried out within the Prime 14. We’ve seen how they’ve dominated groups, even within the Champions Cup,” he mentioned of Toulouse.

“It’s going to be an enormous problem for us, however it’s one thing that we’re trying ahead to, having the chance to go up in opposition to a world class facet.

“(Their kicking recreation) might be an enormous space the place they’ll most likely get a grasp on the sport. It’s one thing that we’ve spoken about all week to not give them easy accessibility into the sport.

“Look, between their 9 and 10, they’ve unbelievable kicking threats. For (Romain) Ntamack to place us again within the nook, it’s one thing we’ve spoken about and that’s one thing that we are going to actually goal.”

Munster are one in every of two groups remaining on this season’s Champions Cup to not have conceded a single strive that originated from a scrum. Certainly, 20% of their very own tries have originated from scrums, the very best share of any facet within the last-eight.

Moreover, no participant has claimed extra lineouts within the event this season than Munster captain Peter O’Mahony (36). He has additionally stolen no less than three extra opposition lineouts than another participant (7).

O’Donoghue is assured that the Munstermen will likely be at their sharpest for this weekend’s showdown in Dublin, coming into it on the again of three straight wins and with competitors for locations actually ratcheting up.

The Munster coaches made seven modifications for the latest Ulster recreation, eight for final week’s Cork victory over Cardiff, and tomorrow’s beginning XV is basically again to the one which noticed off Exeter in Limerick – other than Stephen Archer and Alex Kendellen coming into the pack.

“The coaches have managed the choice extremely effectively, when it comes to rotating just a few lads out and in from week to week,” added O’Donoghue.

“It simply form of retains everybody recent and everybody on the identical web page, and offers everybody an opportunity to precise themselves and put their hand up for choice. We’ve an unbelievable squad right here they usually’re actually competing for locations.

“So for us, it’s about utilizing that momentum that we’ve week on week to construct as much as an enormous recreation like Toulouse.”

Munster have gained 4 of their earlier seven Champions Cup encounters with Toulouse, together with their 2008 ultimate success in Cardiff. They’re aiming to avenge final season’s 40-33 spherical of 16 loss in Limerick.


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