All the facts fans need to know for Connacht v Munster. Kick off 7:35pm Friday.
CONNACHT v MUNSTER
Connacht have conceded an enormous 44 penalties so far this season – more than any other side and an average of 14.7 penalties per match
Connacht have played conservative rugby so far this season, only getting their hands through contact to offload an average of 5.7 times per 80 minutes – the lowest figure in the league
Fly-half David Hawkshaw won three turnovers at the weekend: one in the tackle, one from a charge down and one from a one-on-one strip
After three rounds, Munster remain 100% successful off the tee
Showcasing the power of their leg drive in the carry, Munster have made more contact metres than any other team, working hungrily for a total of 296 metres
Munster have made more lineout steals than any other team so far this season, pinching eight on the head. The talismanic Peter O’Mahony made four last weekend alone
Malakai Fekitoa has made more dominant contacts with ball in hand than any other back in the league (11)
Connacht defeated Munster in Galway the last time these sides met. They also defeated them at Thomond Park in May 2021. However, these have been the only two victories for Connacht in their last ten meetings with Munster.
Connacht have not secured consecutive victories against their fellow Irishmen since 2016.
Connacht are now on a three-match losing streak in the league. However, before defeating Zebre Parma in round three, Munster were also in a rut having lost four on the trot.