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Hungry Munster seeking their fourth win on the trot in Scotstoun

IT’S early days in this season’s Guinness PRO14 and going into this Friday night’s Round 4 clash between Glasgow Warriors and Munster, the cream of the crop is already emerging at the top.
The Reds have been impressive with facile victories over Benetton and the Cheetahs and even though they had to under slight anxiety in the dying stages in the Liberty Stadium last Saturday, they continue to look likely to go one better than they did last season in this competition.
Even without their international boys, Munster would certainly hold their own in the more testing company of the Aviva English Premiership and the French Top14. The southern province looks so competent this season that they appear to glide through the phases. Obviously, the camp is cautiously playing down their good start but victory over Glasgow, who are on their heels in second place, would make it a brace on the road in succession and could have significance at the end of the campaign.
Two Munster newcomers in particular have stood out over the past few weeks. Former Cashel player Sean O’Connor has been superb at six, a position made his own by another Tipperary man Alan Quinlan in his heyday. Chris Farrell (pictured) is also proving to be a major signing. One hit on the Ospreys’ Sam Davies could be felt in Cardiff and, reminiscent of Trevor Halstead in the 2006 Heineken Cup year, he has a terrifying presence for any defence.
Next Friday night Munster return to the speedy surface of Scotstoun once again, a venue where they have won on their last two visits. It promises to be a close encounter, the difference on the current points table the result of a winning bonus point and it will provide an important test of Rassie’s boys’ true worth.
Both teams are unbeaten after three rounds, Glasgow scraping past Cardiff last week-end after victories over Connacht and the Ospreys, but on form, Munster will be slight favourites to make it four out of four.

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