Bowe predicts a thumping Thomand cracker

Updated: April 3, 2012

Tommy Bowe believes rugby fans are in for a treat this weekend as he thinks that the all Ireland clash of Munster v Ulster in the Heineken Cup will be “an absolute belter of a match.”

Bowe, who will rejoin Ulster from the Ospreys next season, feels that if Munster have their captain Paul O’Connell available to them at the weekend that could shift the advantage to the home side.

“”It’s an enormous match,” he said. “Leinster’s match against Munster was very tight and I can imagine it being like that in the Heineken Cup.

“Munster were very impressive in the manner they went through their Pool and obviously I am delighted that Ulster have got through. The draw is a good one for them as they have had some good results against Munster at Thomond over the years.

“Everyone knows the stature of Paul and having him in the team adds so much. He is a real talisman for Munster and would be missed but they have also got Donncha O’Callaghan and Donnacha Ryan in there, two very talented players themselves.”

The winger is not writing his new side off either saying that there “is a real opportunity for them” to beat Munster.

“Ulster are looking really exciting at the minute and things are going well. They have some really talented boys coming through, a good core of foreigners along with the youngsters which is a good blend, and a new coach coming in next year who will look to bring his own emphasis.”

“I would hope Ulster could do it but it is going to be very difficult. Munster have a good track record at home, especially in the Heineken Cup, and they always seem to find that little bit extra. They have a habit of winning down there and they certainly feed off a passionate crowd.”

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