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Published: 13:18 | 15/4/19

O'Callaghan: Reds will need luck


Munster are going to need a little bit of luck when they travel to the Ricoh Arena to play Saracens in the Heineken Champions Cup semi-final, Donncha O'Callaghan has said.

The Reds defeated Edinburgh away from home to reach the last four for the 14th time in their history and they will be looking to gain revenge on Saracens, who sent them crashing out of the European competition at the same stage in April 2017.

Johann van Graan rested a number of key players for Friday's defeat of Benetton in the Guinness PRO14 to ensure they are fresh for the trip to Coventry and they will need to be at their best if they are to get the better of Mark McCall's side.

O'Callaghan believes they will have to 'play beyond themselves' and has called on the Munster travelling supporters to get behind the team as they bid to reach the final in Newcastle.

"They can play winning rugby and that's what they need to do. They are going to have to play beyond themselves because Saracens are quality. It needs a little bit of X factor and all the Munster supporters who will be there, but on the big occasions you need a bit of luck and I think Munster will need a little rub of the green next week," O'Callaghan told eir sport.

Luke Fitzgerald, meanwhile, believes Saracens will be too good for the Reds, although he expects a tight game at the Ricoh Arena.

"I'm worried about that from a Munster perspective," Fitzgerald told eir sport. "I tipped them for the league (Guinness PRO14), I think they are going to a big threat in this, but I think Saracens might be too much of an ask.

"I think they (Saracens) have threats all over the pitch, I don't see a weakness in their team and Owen Farrell coming back into the team. I think it will be tight but I think it might be too much of an ask away from home."



Munster play Saracens in the Champions Cup semi-final on Saturday, 20 April live on BT Sport on the eir sport pack [kick-off 3.15pm]. Subscribe here

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