Revenge is in the air for Munster as they bid to topple Glasgow Warriors from their lofty perch at the head of the Guinness Pro12 table at Musgrave Park on Saturday (7.15 pm)
Munster winger Ronan O’Mahony would love to continue his habit of scoring at the venue but has totally put aside any notions of individual glory and is just looking forward to contributing to a team performance good enough to secure the win.
On 52 points, four ahead of Ulster and Munster, five and seven ahead of Leinster and Ospreys, respectively, Glasgow are the team to beat. Munster will have done their homework and know four points will be enough to overtake the leaders on points difference.
But O’Mahony knows this game ranks amongst the most difficult of the season. “Absolutely. We’ll give Glasgow all the respect they deserve. They beat us three times last season and already once this season so there’s a bit of bitterness there. We want to put that straight this weekend.
“It’s two good sides against each other, and it’s maybe going to come down to a score. We’ve done our reviews on them and they have massive continuity within their game. They can attack from anywhere. They have huge threats. They have a massive offloading game. Their nine (Nicolai Matawala) played well on the wing last week and then came into nine and was impressive.
“He can get the game going, he can take quick taps, he’d keep you on your toes. You don’t know what he’s going to pull out next. I don’t know if his own players know what he is going to do next. He’s one of those players who can keep things moving so we’ve got to keep a sharp eye on him.”
Lock Leone Nakarawa will be a big loss though for he was handed a three-match ban for headbutting Ospreys prop Marc Thomas. The Fiji international will also miss the Leinster clash as well as a game with bottom club Zebre. Nakarawa escaped a red card for the incident, which happened during a scrum in Glasgow’s 19-16 weekend win over the Welsh side, but was punished by a PRO12 disciplinary committee.
At 25, O’Mahony’s future with Munster is secure for a couple of years after signing a full contract recently.
“I’m delighted, happy to have it put to bed, it really lets me focus on my game and (leaves me) just trying to become a better player without having to worry about where I’m going to play my rugby and what’s happening with that.”
Munster head coach Anthony Foley is pleased too. “It is great Ronan has committed to us for the next two years. I think a lot of people wouldn’t know a whole pile about Ronan, but you can see he is growing into an excellent winger who can beat a man. He is great under a high ball, he has a good kicking game and he is a guy who, a couple of years ago, was playing Irish U-20s — took him a while, because injuries halted his progress, but it is great now to see that he has gotten a consistent run of games and he is really putting his hand up.”