Baber expecting physical Munster challenge

Guinness PRO12 Editor

21 Sep 2011


Cardiff Blues coach Gareth Baber demanded his side step up their aggression levels when defending champions Munster come to town on Friday night.

The Blues lost their unbeaten record in the RaboDirect Pro12 at the hands of Ulster last week as they slumped to a 20-3 defeat.

Baber is expecting a similarly physical proposition from Munster who have yet to lose this season and did the double over the Blues last season.

While the omens aren’t good, Baber, the backs coach for the Blues, is adamant they can bring Munster’s 13-game winning run to an end – provided they win the physical battle.

He said: “They will be physical and want to play in the right areas by implementing a good kicking game.

“They will try to use their physicality and we have to match that and put our game in place.11

“It will be a tough match, but that's the level at which we are playing.

“We are at home so we've got to go out there with real intensity and aggression.

“There are new systems in place that the players are still learning, but we need them to come out and be at the top level on Friday.”


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