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I know exactly what to expect, says Schoeman

Been there: Pierre Schoeman is familiar with Munster aces
Been there: Pierre Schoeman is familiar with Munster aces

By Cian Tracey

Edinburgh prop Pierre Schoeman crossed paths with plenty of Munster's South African contingent during his time playing Super Rugby with the Bulls.

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Johann van Graan spent seven years with the Pretoria-based franchise, so Schoeman knows what the Munster head coach's philosophy is all about.

The 24-year-old former South Africa U20 international has warned his Edinburgh team-mates to expect a seriously physical battle in Saturday's Champions Cup quarter-final at Murrayfield.

"I just missed CJ Stander when I was at the Bulls," Schoeman said.

"He'd just gone over to Ireland and Munster. Arno Botha and I are good mates and Johann van Graan was also at the Bulls. I know his dad quite well, Barend was the CEO at the Bulls.

"Chris Cloete I know from years ago... he's very good.

"They are big boys and I must say Johann van Graan's mentality, the same as it was at the Bulls for so many years, is about a big forward pack, dominance, physicality at set-piece, scrums, mauls."

Edinburgh will go into this weekend's clash buoyed by their win over Leinster last week.

"We're looking forward to that and coach 'Cockers' (Richard Cockerill) has done some work already," Schoeman added.

"There's some battered bodies. You can't take the foot off the pedal in games like this. You've even got to go twice as hard. You've got to be wise, but they manage us very nicely. You can't talk the talk, you have to walk the walk."

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