FRENCH CHAMPS A BIGGER ROAD RISK
Munster v Castres Pool 2, Thomond Park, tomorrow, 1pm
FOR once this Castres team deserves to be respected on the road.
Traditionally they have been cannon fodder for the Irish provinces at home in Europe.
But Munster rightly don’t see it that way this week.
Out of their 25 away games in the Champions Cup over the past decade, Castres have won just once - a three-point victory in Glasgow five years ago.
When they pitched up in Thomond Park last season, Munster dished out a 48-3 hammering, the latest in a line of sorry defeats for the visitors.
They have suffered seven losses away to Irish opposition in the competition to date.
But Castres beat the odds by winning the Top 14 title last term and although they’re only in seventh place in their domestic league this season, they have been targeting European progress.
A bonus point defeat at Gloucester was backed up by a thrilling win over Exeter, despite being down to 14 men. “You don’t