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Reds show their intent on league's moving day

Munster return to the venue of last season's semi-final disappointment but vengeance will be the last thing on their mind. Today is about consolidation.

Top of the table after nine games, this is a chance for Anthony Foley's men to seize control of the Guinness Pro12 ahead of their meetings with Leinster and Connacht.

They lead third placed Glasgow Warriors by just a point and with Ospreys and Ulster both level with the Scots and facing each other this evening, this is a sort of moving day for the league.

While they lost the play-off game at Scotstoun, Munster did manage an impressive regular-season victory at the Glasgow venue last season, kicking off a winning run that took them to the Heineken Cup semi-finals in the Scottish city.

Both teams are coming off the back of bruising back-to-back defeats to French heavyweights in Europe, Munster having fallen to Clermont and Glasgow coming up short against Toulouse.

Whereas the Reds have the consolation of fighting back for a late bonus point in their second game, Gregor Townsend's team got their tactics all wrong at home to the four-time European champions and paid the price in an ugly game.

Although the wind has been taken out of the early pace-setters' sails recently, they have yet to lose at home in the Pro12 this season.

Foley has made eight changes to his team, but the inclusion of Conor Murray, Peter O'Mahony, Simon Zebo and Paul O'Connell is a statement of intent.

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