Match Preview | Edinburgh v Munster
Edinburgh welcome eighteen-times knockout stage qualifiers Munster to the capital for what is set to be an enthralling Heineken Champions Cup Quarter-Final at BT Murrayfield.
The capital side have home advantage after topping Pool 5 with 23 points while Munster defeated Exeter Chiefs 9-7 in Round 6 to secure their spot in the Quarter-Finals. Stay in the know with all the key matchday facts below:
Edinburgh Rugby: 1st, Pool 5, 23 points
Munster Rugby: 1st, Pool 2, 21 points
Edinburgh Rugby wins: 1
Munster Rugby wins: 3
Edinburgh Rugby: Jaco van der Walt (65), Blair Kinghorn, Chris Dean, Darcy Graham, James Johnstone and Stuart McInally (all 10)
Munster Rugby: Joey Carbery (68), JJ Hanrahan (20), Andrew Conway, CJ Stander and Rory Scannell (all 10)
Head Coach Richard Cockerill: “I want to win on Saturday. We’re a good team, we’ll be well prepared and we’ll look forward to the challenge. I think this is Munster’s 18th quarter-final. This is our third, so history dictates that they should probably be favourites. They’ve got all the big-game experience.”
Rory Scannell (Munster): “We’ve just fallen short in the last two years, but a lot of the squad have got experience now and we have the ambition to go one step further. The weekend is obviously a big challenge and we are not taking Saturday lightly, but that is the ambition.”
- Captain Stuart McInally returns at hooker and there are also recalls for lock Grant Gilchrist, wing Damien Hoyland and centre Chris Dean.
- Fly-half Joey Carbery has recovered from a hamstring injury, so is included in Munster’s strongest possible side. Jack O’Donoghue makes his first Heineken Champions Cup start of the season in the back row.
- Munster have won three of their four games against Edinburgh in the tournament (L1),however, their one defeat came the last time Edinburgh hosted the fixture in Round 1 of the 2013/14 season.
- Edinburgh have won 17 of their last 19 home games in European competition (L2), although their two defeats in that run both came in quarter-finals, albeit of the Challenge Cup – against La Rochelle in 2017 and Cardiff Blues in 2018.
- Munster have reached the knockout stage for a record 18th time, and they’ve progressed to the semi-finals in 13 of their previous 17 appearances.
- With Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors both reaching the last eight, two Scottish clubs have qualified for the knockout stage in the same season for the first time.
- Munster missed fewer tackles (107) than any other side in the pool stage this season, resulting in a competition-high tackle rate of 89%.
- Munster’s Tadhg Beirne won the most turnovers (13) in the pool stage, a category he topped while with Scarlets last season.
- Viliame Mata (115), an EPCR European Player of the Year nominee, was the only player to make 100+ carries in the pool stage this season, and he also made more metres (394) than any other forward.
- Munster’s Joey Carbery, another European Player of the Year contender, was the top points scorer in the pool stage with 68 thanks to three tries, 10 conversions and 11 penalty goals.