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Alan Quinlan explains how Munster should try to play against Toulouse

Alan Quinlan

Alan Quinlan believes Munster have to employ an attacking game plan if they hope to beat Toulouse at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

Munster take on reigning European and French champions Toulouse in a massive Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final clash, where the Irish province will look to progress to the last four for the first time since 2019.

Toulouse have been inconsistent this season, however they are packed with world class talent, many of whom played a crucial role for France in their Six Nations Grand Slam triumph.

Former Munster flanker Alan Quinlan was speaking on the Virgin Media Rugby Pod and warned his old side against using a conservative game plan in which they try to restrict Toulouse.

Alan Quinlan urges Munster to attack Toulouse.

“When you start talking about Toulouse you start thinking, ‘God, how are Munster going to possibly win this game?’ They’ve just got to front up and build on the confidence of the last couple of weeks,” Quinlan said.

“Munster had 17 offloads against Cardiff last week. I know it’s a different proposition but it indicates that they’re a little bit more confident in what they’re doing.

“They’re a little bit more cohesive in what they’re doing and they’re trying to play with a little bit of tempo. If one or two of those passes stick and they get ahead of Toulouse, well then roll up the sleeves and you get a surge out of that.

“If you go back to Connacht-Munster at Christmas in the Sportsground, Munster had one offload. They passed the ball 45 times. They passed the ball 220 times against Cardiff on Friday night.

“So there’s a huge contrast and I think that is the only way you can beat Toulouse. If you sit back and try to contain a wonderful side like Toulouse, you’re going to be in trouble. You’ve got to score tries and Munster have got to be brave.”

The Irish province are in fine form.

Munster came under plenty of criticism earlier in the season for some dour performances, but Johann van Graan’s men have been much more enjoyable to watch in recent times.

While Munster won’t want to get into a shoot out in which both teams can attack at will, they are unlikely to be able to keep the likes of Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack at bay for the whole match, and will need to rack up a good score as a result.

The game kicks off at 3pm Irish time at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, in which a large travelling Munster crowd are expected to attend.

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