MUNSTER’S hunt for a top four finish in the Guinness Pro 12 is still alive following last weekend’s 16-13 win over Treviso in Italy.
Munster welcome the Newport Gwent Dragons to Thomond Park this Saturday night, (kick off 7.35pm) in the knowledge that the month of March could well decide their season as a whole.
On paper, Munster face sides in 10th, 9th and 11th in their next three games, before back to back Irish derbies in April against Leinster and Connacht.
Anthony Foley’s men are just four points behind fourth placed Ulster, with a game in hand, however Glasgow are also in hot pursuit, just three behind Munster with a game in hand on the Reds also.
One thing is for sure, with four home games remaining, Munster need to secure as many points as they can from their home ties, starting this weekend against the Welsh province.
In team news, James Cronin and Ronan O’Mahony who both underwent scans for hamstring tightness last week, are expected to play some part this weekend. Also on the mend is prop Stephen Archer, who made a return to training last week and the prop is showing no ill effects after full contact and scrummaging sessions. The Corkman is in line to make his 100th appearance for the province if selected this week.
Scrum half Tomas O’Leary, who missed last weekend’s game with a groin strain, will be assessed as the week goes on.
Munster face Cardiff on Friday night week, before returning to Thomond Park on Friday March 25 to face Zebre in a must win tie.