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C J Stander, Munster Not Taking Home Semi-Final For Granted

Munster has been a dominating force in the Pro 12 all season, but C J Stander won’t let that go to his head before Munster’s Clash with Ospreys.

No team has ever won an away semi-final in the Pro 12. That fact does not put C J Stander at ease. The to be British and Irish Lion will not take Ospreys light when they face them this weekend in Thomond Park.

“If we go into the game playing the way we have been all year and keep Ospreys under wraps, it’ll be a good game.

“But if we give them the ball, they’ll attack from everywhere. They’re a good team and they have performed when it mattered – at the end of the year.” news talk

It is questionable if Ospreys have played well at the end of this year. Ospreys have won only one of their last six matches, to include a 13-5 loss to Benetton Treviso. The best hope for Ospreys is Dan Biggar’s big match playing abilities.

Although questionable, Dan Biggar insists his ankle will be fine for match against Munster.

There has been concern over the past couple of weeks that Dan Biggar would not play in the Ospreys semi-final match against Munster. He suffered his injury in the regular season finale loss to Scarlets.

“I’ve obviously been keeping an eye on it and monitoring it over the last couple of days but it should be fine. “Just plenty of rest and recovery before Saturday and it should be ready to go.” Irish Mirror

Biggar also expressed his confidence that Ospreys could defy the odds in their trip to Thomond.

“We know we’re going in as underdogs but we’re quietly confident that we can produce a performance and get a positive result.”

Ospreys will be assisted by the return of Alun Wyn Jones. The workhorse and locker room leader of the Ospreys has been out injured since the Six Nations when he suffered a shoulder injury against France. His return along with a healthy Dan Biggar will be a great help to Ospreys this weekend.

Hope is big, reality is small for Ospreys

Everyone loves an underdog story. Munster has been an absolutely dominant force this season. Thomond park is almost impossible to win on any weekend, much less a semi-final. As much as any Welsh fan would love for Ospreys to turn things around and make the finals, that is not realistic. Munster are just too powerful, and with the return of Conor Murray to the field after months away with injury, it seems out of reach. Ospreys are a very good team with a great attack, but Munster is very likely to take the day.

Munster v Ospreys

Saturday, May 20 6:15 PM GMT

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