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Rowntree Says Munster Haven't Discussed Toulouse Heartbreak At Aviva

Rowntree Says Munster Haven't Discussed Toulouse Heartbreak At Aviva
Rory Cassidy
By Rory Cassidy
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Munster Head Coach Graham Rowntree has said that his side haven't spoken about last season's Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final defeat to Toulouse as they prepare to meet the French side once again this weekend.

The pool stage encounter will be the first time the sides have met since Toulouse defeated the Irish province in a place-kicking competition after the game had finished 24-24 after extra-time.

The pulsating game took place in the Aviva Stadium with thousands of Munster fans travelling as the club organised subsidised buses from various locations throughout the province.

The game had to be moved from Thomond Park due to an Ed Sheeran concert.

In what was an incredibly intense affair, Ben Healy and Conor Murray both missed penalties with Toulouse going through to the semi-final where they would be beaten by Leinster.


Munster had on a number of occassions been close to winning the game. Ben Healy missed a penalty from inside his own half in the last play of normal time, before a drop goal attempt of his just went to the right of the post in the last play of extra-time.

Despite the heartbreak, the game hasn't played on Munster's minds at they head into this weekend.


"It's not been spoken about, that game," Rowntree said.

"It was a special, special afternoon. What we've looked at is their current form and it's undeniable what their threats are and the talent they've got in that group. So, we've analysed them and we've prepped it like a normal week by looking at their recent games. We've not looked at the Aviva game so far."

Munster head coach Rowntree praises Toulouse

Rowntree lavished praise on the French outfit who currently sit top of the table in the Top 14, having won eight of their opening twelve fixtures.


"They're good at everything. Their league position suggests that, good at everything. They've threats, great players, trick plays, power game. We've got our hands full.

"It's a real European giant coming to Thomond."

Munster will be hoping for a sellout crowd at Thomond Park on Sunday and go into the game boosted by recent victories against Connacht and Edinburgh.


The game gets underway at 3.15pm on Sunday and is live on BT Sport and RTÉ.

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