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Ospreys skipper praises Red Army

Guinness PRO12 Editor

11 May 2011

By the end of Saturday night’s fifth battle of the season between Munster and the Ospreys more than 80,000 fans will have watched two of the top teams in Europe slug it out.

With sales for this weekend’s second Magners League semi-final well into five figures, the two teams are already on 78,000 sales. But there is still room for a few more to witness the action live at Thomond Park with tickets still available.

There are a limited amount of Junior and Family Packs on offer with the prices for other tickets as follows:-

• Category A (Stand) – €40
• Category B (Stand) – €30
• Adult Terrace – €20
• Junior Terrace* – €10
• Family Terrace (2+2)* – €40
• Adult & Child Cat B* – €40

Tickets can be purchased from the Munster Rugby website, www.munsterrugby.ie, by telephone on 0818 719 300 and are also available from the ticket office at Thomond Park Stadium Limerick, Tramore road Cork, the Munster Rugby stores in Cork and Limerick and from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

The Ospreys will be travelling hoping to keep their hands on the Magners League trophy after upsetting Leinster in Dublin in last season’s inaugural Grand Final. And having beaten Munster at Thomond Park on their way to taking the title they are ready to fight to the bitter end.

“Munster don’t have a small hardcore of followers – it’s a large hardcore of devoted fans to the Munster cause,” said Ospreys skipper Alun Wyn Jones.

“You go out there and you are very well aware of where you are and who you are playing – their fans make a real difference to the atmosphere.

“That’s the great thing about playing out there — and the boys on the pitch are not too bad, either. It all adds up to a good recipe for winning rugby.

“But we’ve won there before and we’ve beaten them at home. It’s about going out there and playing a bit of rugby.

“We really dug in when we won out there last season. We showed the maturity that we are trying to spawn and got the win, whereas at other times we haven’t been astute and mature.”

This season has seen Munster win three out of the four meetings to date in the Magners League and Heineken Cup. Their most recent triumph came at the Liberty Stadium when Ronan O’Gara kicked a match-winning penalty with the last play of the game.

That secured a 22-20 triumph and repaid the home team for their 19-15 victory at the same venue in the Heineken Cup. Now comes Act V of the season with a place in the Grand Final at stake.


18/09/10 Munster 22 – 10 Ospreys Thomond Park 18,400
12/12/10 Munster 22 – 16 Ospreys Thomond Park 26,000
18/12/10 Ospreys 19 – 15 Munster Liberty Stadium 12,139
23/04/11 Ospreys 20 – 22 Munster Liberty Stadium 9,481