Munster take on Saracens at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow, in a tie that will define the Irish province’s season.
It has already been a remarkable few months for the Thomond Park side. After the tragic loss of head coach Anthony Foley, the men in red banded together and have delivered some stand-out performances, leaving them right in the mix for PRO12 and Champions Cup glory.
Saturday’s semi-final is sure to be played in front of a packed house, but the change in scenery for Munster may not make a difference.
Speaking to Pundit Arena, Mick Galwey is confident that the province can make the Aviva Stadium a real fortress on Saturday afternoon.
“What makes Thomond Park is the atmosphere, and people make the atmosphere. All the Thomond Park faithful will be travelling up to Dublin.
“The one thing you can be sure of is the Munster support travelling in numbers.
“The word during the week is that the Munster branch have sold 37,000 tickets. It will probably be 90% Munster fans. If the crowd can be heard tomorrow, it’s going to be huge.
“We saw in the Aviva for the Ireland vs England game in the Six Nations, the 16th man was huge, and it certainly got Ireland over the line.
“I’d like to think that if the game is tight tomorrow, and Munster need the crowd, they’ll turn up in their droves and get behind the team.”
There is a renewed sense of optimism around the team this season.
“The buzz is back. It’s great.
“People ask what changed Munster Rugby this year. Unfortunately, the passing of Anthony Foley had a bearing on that.
“Munster have started playing good rugby again. When you start playing good rugby again, the crowds come back!
“It’s up to the crowds to stick with the team through thick and thin. At the moment, we’re going fantastic, but there’ll be bad days again.
“That’s the sign of real support, and hopefully we’ll enjoy their support right to the end.”