Munster forwards coach Graham Rowntree wants his side to head to South Africa on Sunday with a win in the bag against the Dragons (Today, 5.15pm).
Even though they have only won once all season, he has warned his men not to take their eye off the task.
He fully expects the Newport men to continue their kicking game and he needs his side to be fired-up for the challenge before they depart for the re-fixed games against the Bulls and the Lions.
It’s been 18 years since the Dragons won for the only time in Thomond Park when they triumphed on their first visit, while Munster are aiming to extend their winning run to nine matches since losing to Connacht last May in the Rainbow Cup.
“They kick the ball well, they kick the ball a lot,” said Rowntree.
“They have one of the highest kicking rates in Europe, so we have got to be wary of that and what that poses for us.
“They have a very good lineout by contesting teams. They have a good breakdown and some good ball-carriers. They are well-coached.
“And as to their personnel, they’ll be getting some guys back from Wales similar to us. But they’ll be extremely competitive and they’ve shown that this year.”
Rowntree said that Munster trained very hard after the Edinburgh game and enjoyed the weekend off before resuming this week, with the squad heading to South Africa on Sunday.
“We know what markers we’ve got to achieve in the week to get the guys fit. We trained them hard at the start of last week and then they had a long weekend and we’re ready for this week,” added Rowntree.
Meanwhile, looshead prop Peter Dooley, set for a move to Connacht in the summer, will chalk up a significant milestone in northern Italy when he makes his 100th appearance in Treviso (Today, 12.55pm).
The Offaly native, who made his debut in 2014, is one of a number of Leinster players heading to the Sportsground in the summer as Andy Friend strengthens his side with the acquisition of Josh Murphy, Adam Byrne, David Hawkshaw and Dooley.
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has made several changes to the side which defeated the Lions 21-13 last weekend, with Ross Molony, Jordan Larmour and Jimmy O’Brien returning from Ireland duty.
Leinster head to Treviso knowing that victory will keep them top of the table and they have only lost once in 13 visits to Stadio Monigo and that was back in 2010 when they went down by 29-13.