BJ Botha is recalled for Glasgow Warriors showdown
The enormity of makeshift Ulster's 19-17 victory on Saturday night at Thomond Park was underlined yesterday when Munster coach Rob Penney named his team for tonight's RaboDirect PRO12 Scotstoun semi-final date with Glasgow Warriors (7.35pm).
Munster have made just four changes to the side which started last weekend and, crucially, one of them is in the front row where former Ulster tight-head BJ Botha packs down with loose-head Dave Kilcoyne and captain Damien Varley.
The only other change in the pack sees CJ Stander recalled to the back row. He starts at six, replacing Paddy Butler who drops to the bench.
Ireland and Lions scrum-half Conor Murray – a replacement against Ulster – swaps roles with Duncan Williams, with the only other backline change being the inclusion of Keith Earls who takes over from Gerhard van den Heever on the right wing. Fit-again Andrew Conway is named on the bench.
And skipper Damien Varley believes they can deliver that display and set up a third all-Irish final in four years as Munster go in search of a crown they last won in 2011 when they defeated Leinster in the final.
"You are judged on trophies and victories. We have come up short in the past two years," said the hooker.
"I think it is extremely important that we kick on, that we put in a good performance and that we take a win and ultimately win something this season.
"It's our only goal and target this season, getting silverware after two years of hard work and, more importantly, huge progression among the squad."
Glasgow Warriors: Peter Murchie; Sean Maitland, Mark Bennett, Alex Dunbar, Tommy Seymour; Finn Russell, Chris Cusiter; Ryan Grant, Dougie Hall, Jon Welsh; Jonny Gray, Al Kellock (captain); Rob Harley, Chris Fusaro, Josh Strauss. Replacements: Pat MacArthur, Gordon Reid, Geoff Cross, Tim Swinson, Leone Nakarawa, Niko Matawalu, Ruaridh Jackson, Sean Lamont
Munster: Felix Jones, Keith Earls, Casey Laulala, James Downey, Simon Zebo; Ian Keatley, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Damien Varley Capt., BJ Botha; Dave Foley, Paul O'Connell; CJ Stander, Sean Dougall, James Coughlan. Replacements: Quentin MacDonald, James Cronin, John Ryan, Donncha O'Callaghan, Paddy Butler, Duncan Williams, JJ Hanrahan, Andrew Conway.