Despite the recent adverse weather conditions there is no concern about the pitch at Musgrave Park ahead of this evening’s RaboDirect PRO12 clash with Connacht (5.45).
And thanks to its careful management by Facilities Manager Ian Dunne it continues to be one of the best playing surfaces in the country.
Both sides arrive this evening with contrasting ambition, the visitors hoping for a fourth successive win, the home side looking for a first win at fourth time of asking.
Encouragingly, last time Munster won was here against Edinburgh in mid January and even more encouraging is the presence in their starting line-up of Paul O'Connell and, on the bench, Niall Ronan.
The return of both is opportune as Munster go in search of much needed Rabo points and with the Heineklen Cup just around the corner.
The danger is of course that too much may be expected of the iconic O'Connell. With just 40 minutes of A rugby and 80 of AIL under his belt he is entitled to be way off the pace and we're not entitled to see the best of him until further down the track.
And that track is abundantly clear for Munster in terms of what's required for them to be involved in the plays offs.
As things stand they're chasing Ospreys and Scarlets and trail them by 11 points so nothing less than a win, in this their last game this season in Cork, will suffice.
Munster: F Jones; D Howlett (capt), C Laulala, J Downey, D Hurley; R O'Gara, C Sheridan; D Kilcoyne, D Varley, S Archer; D O'Callaghan, P O'Connell; T O'Donnell, S Dougall, J Coughlan. Replacements: M Sherry, W du Preez, BJ Botha, B Holland, N Ronan, D Williams, I Keatley, I Dineen.
Connacht: R Henshaw; D Poolman, E Griffin, D McSharry, G Duffy (capt); D Parks, K Marmion; B Wilkinson, J Harris-Wright, N White; M Kearney, G Naoupu; A Browne, W Faloon, J Muldoon. Replacements: A Flavin, D Buckley, R Loughney, M McCarthy, E McKeon, P O'Donohoe, M Nikora, F Vainikolo.
Referee: Alain Rolland (IRFU)