It’s do or die time for Munster

Date published: January 13 2015

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CJ Stander admits it’s do or die time for Munster as they prepare for two huge European fixtures over the next fortnight.

Back-to-back defeats to Clermont Auvergne have left the Irish province in a perilous position heading into the last two rounds of the Champions Cup pool stages.

On Saturday they travel to Barnet to take on Saracens in a must-win game, as they look to complete the double over the English side.

Victory, followed by a win at home to Sale would likely be enough to see Munster finish as one of the best second-place sides, especially after picking up a late losing bonus point away at Clermont last month.

And Stander, who joined Munster in 2012, knows this weekend’s game will be key in the context of Munster’s season.

“It is cup rugby. We have to win the next two games,” Stander told the Irish Times.

“Saracens are a great team and they play great rugby. That bonus point against Clermont is important – at the end of the day any point is good for you.

“We are going out there to play our game and at the end of the day win the game.

“It is cup rugby – if we don’t win that game we can say goodbye. It is important for us to do the thing we have done previous this year.

“Get the points and get back to Thomond Park and go from there.”

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