Munster captain, Peter O’Mahony has fond memories of Kingsholm from his time in the stands supporting his team as a child, and he’s hoping to create some more when Munster travel there on Friday to face Gloucester in their Heineken Champions Cup encounter.
Johann van Graan’s side were comprehensive winners when Gloucester visited Thomond Park in October with tries from Mike Haley, Rhys Marshall, Joey Carbery, Sammy Arnold and Andrew Conway while key man, Danny Cipriani, was sent off after just 29 minutes for the visitors.
However, O’Mahony is well aware that the province will face a much tougher task in Gloucester’s cauldron this weekend.
“They’re playing a great brand of rugby. Their ability to play football is very impressive.”
“Their lineout is certainly one of the most impressive parts of their game. We’re certainly going to have our work cut out.”
Despite the challenge that awaits them, the Cork man insists he is looking forward to the encounter given the special atmosphere that the Gloucester fans create, having experienced it first when he was just a child.
“I’m going there since I was small supporting Munster. It’s an incredible atmosphere. They have an incredible passion for their team. Their support around Europe is second to none.”
“It’s a great stadium to play in. We will have our own pocket of supporters there but it’s always a super atmosphere to play in.”
“(As a fan) I just remember the noise. Looking across at The Shed and the racket they make. They are similar to their own group, how passionate they are and how loyal they are.”
“It’s always a great place, whether your a fan or whether you are on the pitch. It’s certainly something you notice is the atmosphere over there.”
Munster currently sit comfortably at the top of Pool 2 of the European Cup while Gloucester lie in fourth place. However, the Munster captain was quick to warn that one set of results could change everything, given Munster’s loss to Castres in their last game.
“It’s a cliche but it’s cup rugby now this week. You could have a huge swing of where people end up after this weekend and it’s going to be vital.”
“Going away from home is always so difficult in Europe and we know how big an effort it’s going to take if we want to get a win over there.”