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    G12 Game 6) Munster V Scarlets. Fri 10th Oct 19.35 Team Named #73

    Time to bask in the glory of a win in Dublin and look forward to the Scarlets visiting this friday.

    We cant afford to lose this one.

    Our form


    Off the launchpad and heading upwards. These interpro’s are invariably used as a precursor to the brutality and accuracy needed to compete with the european elite but I’d have to say that what we saw last saturday and also in the training pics leading up to the game was a group of men carrying buckets to the well. Munster filled its boots with headlines, media write-offs and general opinion being that they and their leader in Axel were busted flushes - media be damned! this was a guttural from the soul Munster performance, this was cynical, brutish, unerringly physical in the 2nd 20 mins of the game and above all else, it was one for the purist Munsterman. What appeared to be a poor and worrying ruck game against Ospreys the week previous had become a weapon, we drove Leinster back in the tackle, we tried to roll them to slow the ball going back to Reddan, if that didn't work we stepped off, appraised and if possible went over the top on our feet. Penney was lauded, rightly so, for his implanting of accuracy around the ball on the floor, Axel’s team used its head on Saturday night, he had them clear minded and ready to dictate how and when our ball or Leinster's ball left the breakdown. It was a performance from the annals of pashun and togetherness, it was also the basis I hope for the remainder of our season.
    Us bating Leinster


    Their form


    Just a single point behind us on the league table, rarely has there been such an open and unbalanced beginning to the league, everyone is picking points off each other which is great to see. They've had two draws on the road already this season: firstly on the opening weekend against Ulster and also two weeks ago in Edinburgh. Allied to that they have taken a heavy loss in Dublin 42-12, and trashed Treviso 43-0 at home in Rd 3. This weekend they beat Newport 26-13, they have some very attack minded players and a newly appointed coach in Wayne Pivac who used to run Auckland in the ITM cup and has described the Scarlets as a side in development this season. They still have a few tough warriors in and around the pack however such as Jake Ball, Samson Lee, Aaron Shinger and Scottish international John Barclay. Priestland will kick all that is given to him, they've sniping runners at 9. In Liam Willams, Scott Williams and Priestland they have 3 test level players in the backline, and the Scarlets have forever been a team looking to have a cut from almost anywhere, they've lost some household names in North, G.Davies, and one or two others but they are never afraid to have a go. The same fixture last season was in Muzzer during christmas week, and young Ronan O'Mahony scored the winner in the scoreboard corner off a JJ crossfield. They beat us over there in March in an incredibly bad tempered game.
    Here’s their team manager Garan Evans on beating dragons and facing us:
    "It was pleasing, we got the win in the end. Dragons made it very difficult. We came up against a very resolute defence," he said.
    "We had the majority of the possession, the Dragons defence was strong and forced us into a lot of turnovers.
    "We didn't really control the game as we wished in the first half but we are happy with the way it went in the end.
    "It was the old traditional Munster who turned up against Leinster. They had been unimpressive until that victory, obviously they will be up for against a game against Leinster.
    "From our point of view we do have a short turnaround, we've just got to make sure we freshen the boys up, build on the derby win and make sure we get a couple of wins on the bounce which would be good.”
    http://www.pro12rugby.com/news/15782.php#.VDJp_yldXFc
    Them bating Dragons:


    Things to watch out for

    Can we build upon what was laid down in Dublin even when Axel rings the changes in personnel? There are many lads who will be wrapped up for the game on friday ahead of the Sale game, the key now is to get the standard up and maintain consistency throughout the entire squad. The game plan used to beat Leinster is efficient and damn hard to defend against would like to see a lot more of it! The A team battered the Leinster A side into submission in Donnybrook and laid the mantle down not only to our senior side but also to themselves because I would suggest a fair few of them will get the nod for this one. Hopefully Darts Casey and Varley are not too badly crocked and we can look to one of them being involved, we also have to see what our Argie hooker is like. As a big fan of Stpehen Archer it was wonderful to see him not only manage but also dominate in the scrum, his selection to start against Leinster must have been a big confidence boost to him, BJB got an all too unusual rush of blood and snaffled a ball he would never normally go for up in Dublin, he seems the cool headed sort so hopefully it was a one time loss of concentration, however guys such as him, Killer, Dougall, PaddyB, JJ, Dineen and a few others will be very keen to get a jersey and try to hold onto it leading into Euro action. There wasnt a huge amount of mauling but to my eye it looked like they spent the week training and going through the pick and drive game, would be magical to think if the maul game wasnt getting headway we'd just revert to a relentless pick and drive game from the pack and then unleash Keatley or JJ and his taking to the line/passing game. I've seen so far this season: a coupla great backs tries run in from distance, a few mauls that would scare most sides , a fearsome defensive performance, and a pick and drive game that racks up the phases and the yards aplenty. The trick now for Axel is to blend all that has been great in fits and starts into something that is great continuously, and thats no mean feat but he's up and walking again now! Special mention to Darts Casey and Fla, 40 outta 41 lineouts is some numbers, keep it up

    Key Men


    TBA

    Quotable and Notable


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    "this is a piece of piss"
    Last edited by Cowboy; 6th-October-2014, 11:49.
    I am the million man.

    #2
    We need the lads to prove that the weekend's performance wasn't a one off. Go after this lot from the start and be merciless.
    Gwan lads, let's take a ride on this good feeling.

    Roger Roger. What's our vector, Victor?
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    RIP Anthony Foley - The greatest of great Munster men.
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      #3
      They're stalling a bit at the moment; I didn't see their game against the Dregs, but the consensus seems to be it would have made a statue sob, it was so bad. Very much a confidence team, historically, so if that goes, the heads can drop.

      That said, they do tend to up their game against us of late, and we'll be rotating a bit with one eye on Sale. Picking up where we left off at half-time would be lovely, but unlikely.

      POM will be vital to fire us up for this, and Killer could do with a big game. These are games we need to nail down for a push for a home semi - which we bloody need.
      Ceterum censeo INM irrumandum esse.

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        #4
        Really important that Munster push on from Saturday and win this. Full first team, imho, let the combinations gel. Any word on Casey or Conway's injuries yet?

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          #5
          Originally posted by Captain Average View Post
          We need the lads to prove that the weekend's performance wasn't a one off. Go after this lot from the start and be merciless.
          Gwan lads, let's take a ride on this good feeling.
          I am the million man.

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            #6
            O'Mahony needs gametine as does Paddy Butler so them for the back row either side of Copeland. I don't think Copeland went particularly well against Leinster and would probably benefit from another run IMHO. Foley and Holland in the second row, Killer Varley and BJ up front.
            That's not a bad pack for a rotation. It's a winning pack too

            I'd like to think Luke O'Dea can come back into the reckoning along with Zeebs tat full back and VdH. JJ and Duncy at half back with Dineen paired with Smith cos I think Smith really needs game time.
            Munster – Champions of Europe 2006, 2008, 2019.

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              #7
              Hope the performance on Saturday evening is replicated on Friday evening. Warms the cockles of the heart.

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                #8
                Home games in red

                Scarlets
                Sale
                Sarries
                Cardiff
                Newport
                Ulster
                Clermont

                Clermont

                If you took Leinster to Sarries as a 4 game block we could easily see a strong selection this weekend and a breather for the Cardiff and Newport games.
                I am the million man.

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                  #9
                  Are we playing Clermont away twice [emoji15]

                  Smart arse
                  "There are a lot of points that we’ve left behind and this is with a young group. That probably tells you what they’re capable of and that they’re a very good side.

                  Probably next year or the year after next they will take some stopping"

                  Anthony Foley, May 2016. Axel RIP

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                    #10
                    Let killer and bj try to get the starting jersey back. Give a halfback pairing of Duncan and JJ a good pack in front of them, POM needs 80 mins, leave jones at FB, start foley and holland with POC on bench, gvdh to start, finish the game with the team that will start against Sale injury concerns aside.

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                      #11
                      Should put out a strong side against the Scarlets. They are a threat to qualification for the Rosfrog cup, and should be treated accordingly. Ideally, it would be as close as possible to this week's team, with the possible exception of a rest for Stander and some rotation at 1, 10 and 14.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Cowboy View Post
                        Home games in red

                        Scarlets
                        Sale
                        Sarries
                        Cardiff
                        Newport
                        Ulster
                        Clermont

                        Clermont

                        If you took Leinster to Sarries as a 4 game block we could easily see a strong selection this weekend and a breather for the Cardiff and Newport games.
                        The Drags are going through the horrors at the moment, so it could be doable.
                        Ceterum censeo INM irrumandum esse.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Thomond78 View Post
                          The Drags are going through the horrors at the moment, so it could be doable.
                          I think its all the one anyway, the Schmidthouse will be in full flow for Cardiff and Newport matches. Two Ateam selections ahead
                          I am the million man.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Cowboy View Post
                            I think its all the one anyway, the Schmidthouse will be in full flow for Cardiff and Newport matches. Two Ateam selections ahead
                            So we'll have all our players available, then...?

                            Incidentally, do we know who'll be wearing the change strip for this? Are we going to Dare to
                            Dayglo, or will they be wearing their Turkila Sunrise Special?
                            Ceterum censeo INM irrumandum esse.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by lawrence View Post
                              leave jones at FB.
                              you'll break him. And Johne isn't a good enough stand in.
                              Munster – Champions of Europe 2006, 2008, 2019.

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