Take it as Red.
Two giants of the European game, boasting six titles between them, go head to head in arguably the most intriguing of the weekend’s quarter-finals.
Despite having clashed on four previous occasions in European rugby’s blue ribband event – including the 2008 final – this is Toulouse’s first visit to Limerick. They will arrive to find fortress Thomond Park not as impregnable as it once was.
Having established a 12-year unbeaten Heineken Cup run at home between 1995 and 2007, Munster have now lost three times in European competition at the famed venue. However, they have yet to lose to French opposition on home soil.
Despite the undoubted quality throughout their side, the French aristocrats are not quite the superpower of old. They have struggled for consistency at half-back in particular this season, with Lionel Beauxis and Luke McAllister blowing hot and cold at out-half.
Currently sixth in the Top 14, Toulouse can still call on some outstanding talent. Dynamic back row pair Yannick Nyanga and the maurauding Louis Picamoles have been in particularly impressive form, while full-back Yoann Huget will look to continue where he left off in the Six Nations.
The Munster revival continues under Rob Penney in this, his final term, in charge and he will be keen to leave on a high.
Key players such as Paul O’Connell have remained injury-free while the likes of Keith Earls and Felix Jones have recently returned from spells on the sidelines to add a cutting thrust to their back three. Munster will be as competitive as ever up from front with their indefatigable captain Peter O’Mahony set to return after being rested last weekend.
Home advantage should see the Red Army march on to a second successive semi-final spot. It won’t be by much, but Munster (-3.5) at 5/6 looks a decent punt.
The match kicks off tomorrow at 1.30pm