Rallying cry from Stander

Date published: April 14 2016

Munster captain CJ Stander has warned his side to "pitch up" when they face an in-form Connacht at the Sportsground on Saturday.

Connacht won at Thomond Park earlier in the PRO12 season and currently sit level on points with Leinster at the summit, ten ahead of Munster.

And that has fired up Stander, who wants a big performance from his side.

"When we played in Thomond Park earlier this season they had 61 percent of the possession and we struggled massively. It's simple, without possession you are going nowhere and that's something we'll have to rectify going into this weekend – we need to look after the ball," he told Munster Rugby.

Munster are pushing to seal a Champions Cup place for 2016/17 and also have hopes of making the PRO12 play-offs, meaning victory is a must.

"It's like a Cup Final, everyone knows that and the same goes for all the remaining games this season. We need to pitch up and win every game, otherwise that's our season done," added Stander.

"Connacht play a type of game that attracts people and the Sportsground will be packed – that will make it tougher for us. If we give them opportunities to get into the game it's going to be a long day because the crowd will be on our backs.

"But from our point of view, we have a lot of motivation and a lot to play for so it will be an interesting game."