Munster went down to Saracens in the semi-final of the Champions Cup earlier this year.

Afterwards, Johann van Graan admitted that his side came up against "a class outfit" and added that "with Saracens there is no weakness, they pressure you into conceding penalties".

On Saturday next, Munster will host the European Champions in the first of the back-to-back games in Pool 4 of this season's competition.

Van Graan, not surprisingly, is looking forward to having another cut off the Sarries, who were fined £5.4million and hit with a 35-point penalty for breaking the Premiership's salary cap earlier this season. 

Speaking to the media ahead of the game, he said: "Every area is a key area from their side. They had 17 players that went to the World Cup, nine of that squad played in a World Cup final.

"They have a very experienced squad, a lot of continuity, with incredible lineout threats from (Maro) Itoje and George Krui and ball-carriers in their pack and scrum. 

Johann van Graan

"They have a good kicking game off nine and 10. They really suffocate you in all areas of the game and wait for mistakes.

"They are really good straight after half-time. They were 12-9 ahead last season (Champions Cup semi-final) but kept the ball for so many phases, 21 or 22, after the restart and scored a try. There are no weaknesses in that squad, it is virtually a test team."

That said, Van Graan has no doubt Munster will be ready for the physical challenge that awaits.

"I think we've matched them physically, physicality is never a problem for Munster," he added.

Saracens will bring 23 guys that are world class. In last year's semi-final they put on Vincent Koch, who is now a World Cup winner, Will Skelton and Schalk Burger.

"A physical challenge will never be a problem for Munster. That's the challenge we love, that's what the game is about. You have to respect the opposition because they are good." 

Listen to live commentary of Ulster v Harlequins (3.15pm) & Munster v Saracens (5.30pm) on RTÉ Radio 1's Saturday Sport.