Heineken Cup: Munster v Gloucester, match preview, live rugby streaming

Can the new boys to the Cup continue their impressive early season surge? Where: Thomond Park When: 18.00 (BST) Watch live:...

Can the new boys to the Cup continue their impressive early season surge?

Where: Thomond Park

When: 18.00 (BST)

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Gloucester will be looking to make it two wins on the trot early in their Heineken Cup campaign as they travel to Muster this weekend.

The Cheery and Whites left it until the dying minutes of their clash with Perpignan at Kingsholm to secure the points as a try to Jonny May in the 74th minute put them over the top.

James Hook was outstanding for Gloucester as he contributed 22 points to his team’s tally as they ran out with a 27-22 victory.

Munster on the other hand will be looking to turn around a disappointing week one performance as they lost 29-23 to Edinburgh.

If Munster were to lose for the second time in as many weeks, it would place a great strain on the team for the rest of the season and their chances of making the quarter-finals would diminish considerably.

A thought they would not want to consider as they have only failed to make it into the post-season once in the last 17 seasons.

Munster have home advantage well and truly in their favour, though, with only Leicester and Ulster having triumphed at Thomond Park in the history of the Heineken Cup. The Tigers are currently the only side to have won in Limerick in the pool stages and that result came back in January of 2007.

Ireland does hold some happy memories for Gloucester as they last won away from home in the Heineken Cup at Connacht in December 2011 but the story is very different at Thomond Park. Gloucester were hammered 33-6 at the same venue a decade ago as they threw away a quarter final spot in shocking circumstances.

Gloucester have won five of their last six Heineken Cup games against Irish clubs, losing only to Munster in the 2007/08 quarter-finals.

Munster have lost their last two Heineken Cup games; they have not lost three consecutive games since 2007.

At home, Munster have won 13 of their last 14 matches in the Heineken Cup – the solitary defeat coming at the hands of Ulster.

This will be the sixth meeting between these clubs in the tournament. All four pool meetings to date have produced home victories.



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