Although much changed from last Monday and without a lot of their leading lights Munster will be expected to maintain their winning Magners League form when Ulster come calling to Thomond Park Stadium this evening
However, they need to be extremely wary against a starting XV shorn of the likes of Ian Humphreys, Stephen Ferris, Ruan Pienaar and his South African colleagues with the emphasis on the emerging talent such as Ian Whitten and Luke Marshall.
Rory Best returns from injury to the Ulster side while his rival for Ireland jersey, Jerry Flannery will be on the bench for Munster and expected to be introduced around the start of the final quarter.
With Ronan O'Gara being rested Paul Warwick takes over at out-half which means Scott Deasy comes into the full back berth and up front Denis Leamy also return after a weekend off and the Cashel man will captain the side.
Last night Ospreys missed the chance to close the gap on Munster when they went down 27-25 in Cardiff. That result leaves three Welsh sides chasing Munster.
That scenario is likely to change after today's round of games when Leinster – should they as expected account for Connacht at the RDS – will push their way into the top four so Munster need to keep the points board ticking over as the competition heavies start to position themselves ominously as the business end of the season begins.
Munster: Scott Deasy; Doug Howlett, Keith Earls, Sam Tuitupou, Denis Hurley; Paul Warwick, Peter Stringer; Wian du Preez, Damien Varley, Peter Borlase; Ian Nagle, Mick O'Driscoll; Donnacha Ryan, Niall Ronan, Denis Leamy capt . Replacements: Jerry Flannery, Darragh Hurley, Tony Buckley, Billy Holland, Tommy O'Donnell, Tomas O'Leary, Lifeimi Mafi, Barry Murphy.
Ulster: Jamie Smith; Tommy Seymour, Ian Whitten, Luke Marshall, Simon Danielli; Paddy Wallace, Paul Marshall; Bryan Young, Rory Best capt, Declan Fitzpatrick, Tim Barker, Ryan Caldwell, TJ Anderson, Willie Faloon, Robbie Diack Replacements: Andi Kryiacou, Tom Court, BJ Botha, Neil McComb, Chris Henry, Ian Porter, Paddy Jackson, David McIlwaine