How Saracens can avoid a Munster monstering in Champions Cup semi-final

Saracens train to withstand the Munster attack

Munster are experts in squeezing. Defensively, they contest breakdowns fiercely and force turnovers in the tackle, either by smashing the ball loose or holding up carriers to form motionless mauls.

Intelligent kicking and a well-coordinated chase often ensure they win the territorial battle.

Peter O’Mahony’s prodigious spring at the front of the line-out will pressurise Saracens - Jamie George has already seen the blindside flanker steal a vital throw from him in last month’s Six Nations finale.

Amid all of these abrasive qualities, Munster's attack is perhaps underrated.

Simon Zebo has a free remit at full-back with his province and pops up everywhere in phase play. His try against Leicester Tigers in the pool stage at Thomond Park brought the hosts 19-0 ahead on the verge of half-time. It is a fine example of Zebo’s fluid role.

After starting the 18-phase attack by running back a 22-drop...


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