Alun Wyn Jones Munster must avoid blip with testing battles ahead

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Alun Wyn Jones Wales' Dan Lydiate. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire
Wales’ Dan Lydiate. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Munster have done their best to talk up the Ospreys this week, but the truth is the Welsh side are in all sorts of bother, and if Munster are to get out of what is a tough pool, then a win this evening at the Liberty Stadium is non-negotiable.

The Ospreys don’t even have the added boost of their Welsh internationals being available and without Alun Wyn Jones and Justin Tipuric, they are seriously weakened.

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Munster won’t mind a jot about that, particularly because they have had their own issues at out-half and loosehead. Nevertheless, they come into this Champions Cup opener full of confidence and ready to hit the ground running.

Even without the injured Tadhg Beirne and Dave Kilcoyne, who has been in superb form, their pack should have too much power for a depleted Ospreys side.

If the forwards can provide the platform they are expected to, Tyler Bleyendaal must get a back-line, which is littered with threats, moving. Andrew Conway is arguably the form Irish back and Munster must get him involved often.

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