It’s not just the heat of the expected 30 degree Celcius in Brive today that Munster will have to cope with, they can expect Ugo Mola’s side to come out with all guns blazing right from the off.
There is huge awareness that one of the giants of Europen rugby is in town and this Brive side would like nothing better than to add Munster's scalp to those of Clermont, Stade Francais and Perpignan who have all been accounted for at the Stade Municipal this season.
Their side includes the big South African ball carriers Antonie Claassen and Gerhard Vosloo and Munster can expect them to come calling early doors along with Davit Kinchagishvili while out wide Fabrice Estebanez and Jamie Noon will also look to take the wind out of Munster's sails at an early stage.
Munster have been in this situation before and have the experience to know exactly what to expect, the fact that it's a competition they're unfamiliar with with matter not a whit. The old heads such as Ronan O'Gara, Mick O'Driscoll, Donncha O'Callaghan, Denis Leamy and David Wallace will need to bring all thier nous to the occasion today.
The team need to deliver a reprise of the second half performance of last weekend if they're to advance to a semi-final against Harlequins.
Munster: F Jones; D Howlett, L Mafi, S Tuitupou, K Earls; R O’Gara (capt), C Murray; W du Preez, D Varley, T Buckley; D O’Callaghan, M O’Driscoll; D Leamy, D Wallace, J Coughlan. Replacements: M Sherry, M Horan, J Hayes, D Ryan, N Ronan, P Stringer, P Warwick, J Murphy.
Brive: S Spedding; G Namy, J Noon, F Estebanez, A Palisson; M Belie, A Figuerola; D Kinchagishvili, B Cabello, P Cardinali; T Dubarry, R Uys; G Vosloo, A Claassen, J Le Devedec. Replacements: J-P Bonrepaux, V Kakovin, P Barnard, A Mela, S Azoulai, F Domingo, S Perry, R Lespinas.
Referee : D Pearson (England).