Munster coach Rob Penney ready to take on Clermont in the Heineken Cup

Last Updated: 27/04/13 4:00pm

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Munster coach Rob Penney insists his side will "give it a good crack" on Saturday

Munster coach Rob Penney insists his side will "give it a good crack" on Saturday

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Munster coach Rob Penney insists his side will "give it a good crack" against Clermont in the Heineken Cup semi-final.

Clermont, the Top 14 leaders, are the favourites to advance to the final - with Munster looking a shadow of the side that won the title in 2006 and 2008.

However the Irish giants have already upset the odds and belied their poor domestic form to reach this stage - with Premiership champions Harlequins dumped out at the quarter-final stage.

And Penney believes his side can rise to the occasion once again against the Auvergne in Montpellier.

Thrive

"There is no doubt Clermont are roaring hot favourites and we are underdogs," Penney said.

"You can either thrive under that tag or wilt away. The best teams should be in the Heineken Cup at this stage, and Clermont are certainly in that bracket.

"But we still have a lot of expectation from the Munster public and supporters.

"We are going to go over there and give it a good crack. A game of rugby is such a dynamic one that on any given day an underdog can pull it off.

"It's 15 versus 15, we have a great referee in Nigel Owens and we just have to make sure we prepare well and perform."

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