Friday, January 22, 2010
Munster scored six tries as they beat Treviso 44-7 in clinical fashion at the Stadio Comunale di Monigo. The bonus-point win puts them in pole position to finish top of Pool One in their Heineken Cup campaign.
It was a Munster-blitz as the visitors ran the Italian champions all over the park, scoring tries through Keith Earls, Denis Hurley, Donncha OCallaghan, Paul Warwick, and Donnacha Ryan. Ronan OGara added 12 points of his own with the boot.
Alessandro Zanni scored an intercept try for Treviso by it was stark consolation in a match that saw them totally outplayed, and eliminated from the competition.
The result has set up what should be a fiercely contested match with second place Northampton Saints, as the two sides meet tonight in Limerick.
Munster will be favourites at home, but Saints coach Jim Mallinder says his side will travel with confidence and self belief in the hope of coming out on top.
"Many of their players are familiar faces from their exploits for Munster, Ireland and the Lions," said Mallinder.
"But when the whistle blows it is just 15 men against 15, and if we play to our potential and stick to our game-plan there is no reason why we can't win.
"We are going in on the back of a good run - I think we are unbeaten in nine or 10 games - and that is very encouraging. But we also know it is going to be very, very tough - Munster are playing very well.
"However, so are we and we will take a lot of confidence from that, concentrate on our own game this week and go over there with both confidence and belief," he said.
It's tipped to be another classic European match, so try not to miss this one.