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    P14 R13) Home to Scarlets - Saturday 17:00 - Eir and Premiersports

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    Munster were bonus-point winners away to Zebre last week and have conceded just three points in the last two games which have seen the province secure a record 68-3 victory over Southern Kings and last week’s 28-0 result in Italy.

    Johann van Graan’s men are three points off Conference B leaders Edinburgh with Scarlets in third place and three points behind Munster.

    Munster’s record at Thomond Park in the last three years has been outstanding with Leinster the only visiting side to come away with a win.

    The province have been boosted by the return of Chris Farrell and Jack O’Donoghue from Ireland camp ahead of the clash.

    #2
    Lads, I’ll be in London at the weekend. IK be in the Olympia in Kensington on Saturday afternoon. Does anyone know a pub close by where I might be able to watch the game

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      #3
      JOD and Chris Farrell are back for this. I'm guessing that TOD may be given another run out, which would leave only one slot in the BR for our young talent. Given the importance of the match, that may be about right. Ideally a win here with Scarlets denied a bonus point would put some daylight between us.

      Edinburgh at home to Cardiff looks like a BP for Edinburgh to me, so don't want them getting away from us. The scale of their win over Connacht last weekend was very impressive. Our match away to them is our only way of defining our own destiny (accepting that others may do us favours, but Edinburgh have that determination that makes me think it's a waste of time to rely on others.
      Last edited by Sea Horse; 27th-February-2020, 11:52.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Nuts View Post
        Lads, I’ll be in London at the weekend. IK be in the Olympia in Kensington on Saturday afternoon. Does anyone know a pub close by where I might be able to watch the game
        Munster -10 in the handicap betting. That may change when teams announced but Paddy Power presumably factoring in that both will field strongest sides (minus missing internationals).

        Munster can probably only afford 1 more loss (away to Leinster) to finish top.
        ​​​​​​#GiveLeinsterTheHCupNow

        Originally Posted by mr chips
        AG gets the responses he does because he is a journalist..

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          #5
          Number of tv options for the game on Saturday - Eir Sport 1, TG4 and Freesports. If watching in a pub, should factor in the game overlaps with the soccer game Watford v Liverpool.

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            #6
            Originally posted by AdolphusGrigson View Post

            Munster -10 in the handicap betting. That may change when teams announced but Paddy Power presumably factoring in that both will field strongest sides (minus missing internationals).

            Munster can probably only afford 1 more loss (away to Leinster) to finish top.
            With away trips to Edinburgh and Llanelli as well still to come it really is squeaky bum time for Munster.
            He's a guy who gets up at six o'clock in the morning regardless of what time it is.

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              #7
              Originally posted by redherring View Post

              With away trips to Edinburgh and Llanelli as well still to come it really is squeaky bum time for Munster.
              Yep.

              The selection at home to Edinburgers - was Van the Magager's biggest mistake this season - and one that hopefully ownt come back to bite him on the arshe.
              ​​​​​​#GiveLeinsterTheHCupNow

              Originally Posted by mr chips
              AG gets the responses he does because he is a journalist..

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                #8
                Great teams recover from early setbacks.

                We know what we have to do to top our group.

                We'll get the wins needed.

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                  #9
                  Lads, as previously said, Outside of having to play us, Edinburgh still have to go to Galway, Belfast and Bloemfontain and finish against Glasgow. The race for top spot has a long way to go yet.

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                    #10
                    Weather looks abysmal for this one. Could be a night for some up the jumper stuff
                    When things go wrong, blame McGahan

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Sea Horse View Post
                      JOD and Chris Farrell are back for this. I'm guessing that TOD may be given another run out, which would leave only one slot in the BR for our young talent. Given the importance of the match, that may be about right. Ideally a win here with Scarlets denied a bonus point would put some daylight between us.

                      Edinburgh at home to Cardiff looks like a BP for Edinburgh to me, so don't want them getting away from us. The scale of their win over Connacht last weekend was very impressive. Our match away to them is our only way of defining our own destiny (accepting that others may do us favours, but Edinburgh have that determination that makes me think it's a waste of time to rely on others.
                      Have heard JOD is possibly out.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by B.A. View Post
                        Weather looks abysmal for this one. Could be a night for some up the jumper stuff
                        Latest forecast is that the heaviest of the rain and the strongest winds are due around lunch time with it being pretty much dry (but still windy) by kick off time. Fingers crossed it doesn't change too much.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Redcafe1 View Post

                          Have heard JOD is possibly out.
                          Not injured, I hope?

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                            #14

                            Munster Head Coach Johann van Graan has included three Greencore Munster Rugby Academy players in the squad for Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 clash against Scarlets at Thomond Park (5pm).


                            Buy match tickets here.
                            Academy back-row Jack O’Sullivan keeps his place at no.8 and is set to make his seventh senior appearance with Diarmuid Barron and John Hodnett among the replacements.
                            There are five changes to the side that secured a bonus-point win away to Zebre last week.
                            Billy Holland returns to captain Munster with Chris Farrell back from international duty as Dan Goggin, Kevin O’Byrne and Stephen Archer also return to the starting XV.
                            Mike Haley starts at full-back with Calvin Nash and Darren Sweetnam completing the back three.
                            Craig Casey and JJ Hanrahan continue in the half-backs with Goggin and Farrell forming the centre partnership.
                            James Cronin, O’Byrne and Archer pack down in the front row with Fineen Wycherley and Holland in the engine room.
                            A back row of Arno Botha, Chris Cloete and Academy man O’Sullivan complete the side.
                            Find out all you need to know ahead of the game here.
                            Munster: Mike Haley; Calvin Nash, Chris Farrell, Dan Goggin, Darren Sweetnam; JJ Hanrahan, Craig Casey; James Cronin, Kevin O’Byrne, Stephen Archer; Fineen Wycherley, Billy Holland (C); Arno Botha, Chris Cloete, Jack O’Sullivan.
                            Replacements: Diarmuid Barron, Jeremy Loughman, John Ryan, Gavin Coombes, John Hodnett, Nick McCarthy, Rory Scannell, Tommy O’Donnell.

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                              Munster Head Coach Johann van Graan has included three Greencore Munster Rugby Academy players in the squad for Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 clash against Scarlets at Thomond Park (5pm).

                              Buy match tickets here.

                              Academy back-row Jack O’Sullivan keeps his place at no.8 and is set to make his seventh senior appearance with Diarmuid Barron and John Hodnett among the replacements.

                              There are five changes to the side that secured a bonus-point win away to Zebre last week.

                              Billy Holland returns to captain Munster with Chris Farrell back from international duty as Dan Goggin, Kevin O’Byrne and Stephen Archer also return to the starting XV.

                              Mike Haley starts at full-back with Calvin Nash and Darren Sweetnam completing the back three.

                              Craig Casey and JJ Hanrahan continue in the half-backs with Goggin and Farrell forming the centre partnership.

                              James Cronin, O’Byrne and Archer pack down in the front row with Fineen Wycherley and Holland in the engine room.

                              A back row of Arno Botha, Chris Cloete and Academy man O’Sullivan complete the side.

                              Find out all you need to know ahead of the game here.

                              Munster: Mike Haley; Calvin Nash, Chris Farrell, Dan Goggin, Darren Sweetnam; JJ Hanrahan, Craig Casey; James Cronin, Kevin O’Byrne, Stephen Archer; Fineen Wycherley, Billy Holland (C); Arno Botha, Chris Cloete, Jack O’Sullivan.

                              Replacements: Diarmuid Barron, Jeremy Loughman, John Ryan, Gavin Coombes, John Hodnett, Nick McCarthy, Rory Scannell, Tommy O’Donnell.
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                              Niall Scannell suffered a low grade knee injury against Zebre last week that has ruled him out of Saturday’s clash, the injury is expected to be a short-term one.

                              Shane Daly underwent a scan earlier this week that showed a low grade groin strain. The injury prevented him from training this week but he will be a travelling reserve on Saturday.

                              Jack O’Donoghue aggravated an existing neck issue at the end of last week that hadn’t settled sufficiently to allow him train fully this week and therefore was not considered for selection.

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