There’s a feeling abroad in Glasgow that tonight’s clash in Firhill Stadium is cherry ripe for the Warriors to get their RaboDirect PRO12 campaign up and running.
They gave Ulster more than a decent run for their money in Ravenhill last weekend and would see an opportunity tonight to make amends for the points they feel they left behind them in Belfast.
There's also the little matter of the tonking Munster gave them last season when Warriors scored 29 points and still got beaten (29-43) having led 26-17 at the break.
They give a debut to 21 year old elite Development player Nick Campbell, who'll pack down in the second row alongside Tom Ryder which means a switch to the blindside flank for skipper Rob Harley.
Munster need more of what they delivered in the first half against Dragons and much less of what we saw in the second for this fixture that has always proved troublesome in terms of harvesting points.
Munster captain Peter O'Mahony is looking for a step up from last week. “”I've never played them here but been involved against them a couple of times and they've always been a hardy team”. he said.
“They have a big physical pack. They're well able to throw the ball about especially at home. Getting points on the road is always difficult but we'll go in with a positive mindset.”
“I think we've progressed every game since the first one in La Rochelle. We've taken it up a level every week since so our aim is to keep that momentum going and drive on with our own game plan.”
“We know we need to go up a level, probably a few levels from last week. There are areas we want to improve, things we want to try out. But we know we need to be very focussed tonight.”
Munster: J Murphy; D Howlett, D Barnes, L Mafi, S Zebo; I Keatley, P Stringer; W du Preez, D Varley, J Hayes; B Holland, M O'Driscoll; P O'Mahony (capt), N Ronan, J Coughlan. Replacements: D Fogarty, M Horan, S Archer, D Foley, T O'Donnell, D Williams, S Deasy, T Gleeson.
Glasgow Warriors: S Hogg; F Aramburu, R Dewey, T Nathan, C Shaw; D Weir, H Pyrgos; R Grant, P MacArthur, M Cusack, T Ryder, N Campbell, R Hartley (capt) C Fusaro, R Wilson. Replacements: F Gillies, E Kalman, G Reid, J Eddie, R Pitman, C Gregor, S Wight, P Horne.
Referee: D Phillips (IRFU).