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PREVIEW: Munster v Saracens, Sat 5:30pm, Thomond Park.

MUNSTER play hosts to Champions Cup holders Saracens this Saturday evening in a crucial clash in Pool 4.

This will be an important game for both teams as the table is tight, with both sides desperate to edge closer to the quarter-finals. At the moment, Racing 92 top the pool, tied with Munster with seven points. Saracens lie third with five points and Ospreys sit bottom after three defeats.

“I enjoy the pressure, it’s why you’re in the game for weeks like this,” said Johann van Graan, the Munster’s Head Coach, in an interview published on Munsterrugby.ie.

“I think they’ll all know they need to play well for their team, that would be their main focus and getting as many points in whatever competition,” explained the Munster captain Peter O’Mahony.

Munster are coming into the clash on the back of a defeat to Edinurgh in Cork, their first defeat at home, at Irish Independent Park, in almost two years. Van Graan will likely have 14 changes to the side that went down to Edinburgh, as he elected to rest most of the starters in order to be primed for Saturday’s all-important tie.

Munster have reason to be optimistic for their clash with the Sarries due to their brilliant performance against Racing 92, earning a share of the spoils in one of the games of the season.

Saracens arrive in Limerick after a forceful victory in their last Champions Cup match against Ospreys, 44-3, and despite all the off-field controversy surrounding the club, the players are very much doing the talking within the four white lines.

Munster will certainly have the bit between their teeth this weekend as they will look to avenge their 32-16 semi-final loss to the London side last year.

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