Murchie calls for big performance against Munster

Date published: January 10 2017

Glasgow will need to be at their very best if they want to beat Munster in the Champions Cup this weekend, says Peter Murchie.

Both teams have only lost one of their four pool games so far, but Munster are still top by three points.

“It’s a massive game,” Murchie told the BBC. “They’ll come flying out at us. We’ve got to be more up for it than them. It’s going to take our best performance of the season.”

Munster have beaten Glasgow twice this season, a 16-15 success at Scotstoun in the PRO12 in December following a 38-17 home win for the Irishmen in European competition back in October.

A win this weekend followed by victory over Leicester in their final pool game will ensure Glasgow reach the quarter-finals for the first time.

Warriors are coming off a 29-15 win over Cardiff Blues in the PRO12, so they have the necessary confidence and momentum going into the Munster clash.

“We looked at the three-week period starting with Cardiff and ending with the two Champions Cup matches and said it could totally decide the end to our season,” Murchie said.

“If we hadn’t beaten Cardiff we’d have been under massive pressure in the PRO12. Now with these next two games we’ve got a chance to qualify from our group. If we beat Munster then Leicester, we’ll make the quarters.

“There’s not many times we’ve been in this position. We’ve talked about doing it for so long but now the boys are just so determined to make it happen this year.”

Murchie deputised for the rested Stuart Hogg against Cardiff but after scoring two tries in the win Murchie is in no mood to relinquish the number 15 jersey.

“Stuart is a great player so when you get an opportunity, you’ve got to play well,” he said.

“If you don’t, you’re probably not going to get to stay in the next week. We’ve got enough guys that we can swap things and change it round, so if you don’t take your chance you’ll miss out.

“I want to play in a successful team and do myself justice.”