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Munster A face Bedford Blues in double-header

6th December 2017 By The Editor

Munster A face Bedford Blues in double-header

Gavin Coombes on the run for Munster A against Nottingham in October

The Munster A team are back in British & Irish Cup action on Friday night as Bedford Blues visit Irish Independent Park in the first game of their double-header (7.45pm).

Entry to the clash is free for all 10yr/Season Ticket holders and MRSC members on production of membership cards or tickets books. Tickets can also be purchased here.

Ahead of the clash, the sides occupy the top two spots in Pool 1 and both boast 100% records with two bonus-point victories apiece.

The Munster A squad for the clash will be announced tomorrow afternoon.

Head Coach Peter Malone saw his side open their B&I Cup title defence with a 24-6 win against Ospreys Premiership Select at Swansea in October.

Leading 6-3 at the interval, a clinical second 40 saw Malone’s men cross for three tries, scored by Kevin O’Byrne, Gavin Coombes and John Poland. The boot of JJ Hanrahan added seven points while replacement 10 Bill Johnston kicked the final conversion.

A comprehensive 38-7 win over Nottingham in round 2 the following week saw Bill Johnston kick six from six off the tee in extremely windy conditions.

The sides traded tries in the opening half through Brian Scott and Oli Evans as Munster led 10-7 at the break.

With the wind at their backs in the second half, Munster A cut lose and outgunned their visitors in the physicality stakes, dominating the set piece and giving an all-round clinical performance.

Evan Mintern touched down twice with Sam Arnold and Sean O’Connor also crossing to complete an excellent night’s work.

A very strong Bedford side are third in the English Championship with six wins from 11 games and an impressive start to the B&I Cup campaign has seen them rack up a 43-19 victory over Ospreys Premiership Select and a 38-26 win in Nottingham.

Next week, the sides clash again in England ahead of the final two pool clashes in January.

Munster A British and Irish Cup Fixtures & Results

Saturday, October 14: Ospreys Premiership Select 6-24 Munster A, St Helen’s;

Friday, October 20: Munster A 38-7 Nottingham, Irish Independent Park;

Friday, December 8: Munster A v Bedford Blues, Irish Independent Park, 7.45pm;

Saturday, December 16: Bedford Blues v Munster A, Goldington Road, 3pm;

Friday, January 12: Nottingham v Munster A, Ladybay, 7.45pm;

Friday, January 19: Munster A v Ospreys Premiership Select, Irish Independent Park, 7.45pm;

Entry to Munster A’s home B&I Cup fixtures is free for all 10yr/Season Ticket holders and MRSC members on production of membership cards or ticket books.


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