MUNSTER will have to plan for their game this weekend without Cork duo Simon Zebo and Darren Sweetnam after the pair sat our training in Athlone yesterday.
The Athlone they trained in was in South Africa a suburb of Cape Town where Munster are using a pitch belonging to Western Province and will also be based at this small stadium.
Both players went through a light training session but won’t be risked this week.
“Darren has got a small twinge in his hamstring and Zeebs has got a lot of bruising on his hip, he has got a hip-pointer, so we will monitor through the next week and see how they go,” said coach Johann van Graan.
The players were grateful for a light breeze yesterday morning as the temperature hit 23c for their session, but Van Graan said that getting used to these conditions will also prepare the squad for the heat in Bordeaux on Sunday fortnight against Racing 92.
“Heat will be a factor for the next couple of weeks,” he said. “Weather-wise, it is totally different from what we are used to in Ireland but also in terms of our preparation, good planning for the game in France in three weeks.
“It will be hot and humid in George and high altitude in Bloemfontein. But we will just take it day by day.”
First up is a clash with the Southern Kings in George — CJ Stander’s home town — on Saturday and then Munster face the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein in a key Conference A clash which could go a long way towards deciding the home quarter-finalists in the Guinness PRO14.
Van Graan, back in his native South Africa for the first time since taking charge, said they enjoyed the win over Toulon but it was done and dusted and all that matters now is what lies ahead.