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All You Need To Know | Scarlets v Munster

27th February 2019 By The Editor

All You Need To Know | Scarlets v Munster

Arno Botha in action against Ospreys last time out.

Munster are back in Wales for the second consecutive weekend as the province travel to Scarlets in the Guinness PRO14 on Saturday (5pm, live on eir Sport, TG4, Premier Sports and S4C).

Check out the best pics from training this week here.

Read the latest squad update here.

Munster, who will be wearing the Alternate kit for the game, lead Conference A by a single point with 12 wins in 16 games so far this season ahead of Saturday’s game at Parc y Scarlets.

Hosts Scarlets have a fantastic home record and have lost just one Guinness PRO14 game in Llanelli since September 2016.

Head Coach Wayne Pivac guided Scarlets to the PRO12 title in 2017, beating Munster in the final, and will become the new Wales Head Coach after this year’s World Cup.

A 43-21 victory at home to Cheetahs last weekend saw Scarlets get back on track in Conference B as they chase a place in the Final Series.

Currently in fifth spot, Scarlets are just five points off second-placed Treviso with Saturday’s clash a crucial one for both sides in their respective conferences.

Munster have won nine out of their last 10 PRO14 fixtures. Despite beating Ospreys 19-13 in Swansea last week, Munster’s lead at the top of the table was reduced to just a single point after Glasgow recorded a bonus-point win over Connacht.

Team Line-Ups

Scarlets: Leigh Halfpenny; Ioan Nicholas, Kieron Fonotia (C), Paul Asquith, Johnny McNicholl; Dan Jones, Kieran Hardy; Wyn Jones, Ryan Elias, Werner Kruger; Josh Helps, Lewis Rawlins; Josh Macleod, Dan Davis, Uzair Cassiem.

Replacements: Marc Jones, Phil Price, Javan Sebastian, Tom Price, Tom Phillips, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Rhys Patchell, Steff Evans.

Munster: Mike Haley; Ronan O’Mahony, Dan Goggin, Rory Scannell, Darren Sweetnam; Bill Johnston, Alby Mathewson; Jeremy Loughman, Rhys Marshall, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland (C); Fineen Wycherley, Conor Oliver, Arno Botha.

Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Liam O’Connor, Stephen Archer, Darren O’Shea, Jack O’Donoghue, Neil Cronin, Tyler Bleyendaal, Jaco Taute.

Video | Press Pass

Hear from Munster Head Coach Johann van Graan, Stephen Archer and Neil Cronin ahead of the clash.

Match Officials

Referee: Mike Adamson (SRU, 31st competition game)

Assistant Referees: Ben Whitehouse (WRU) & Dave Sutherland (SRU)

TMO: Ian Davies (WRU)

Upcoming Home Games

Saturday, March 23

Guinness PRO14: Munster v Zebre, Thomond Park, 7.45pm; Early Bird Closes 5pm on Wed, March 6 – Buy tickets here

Friday, April 5

Guinness PRO14: Munster v Cardiff Blues, Irish Independent Park, 7.35pm; Early Bird Closes 5pm on Wed, March 20 – Buy tickets here

Saturday, April 27

Guinness PRO14: Munster v Connacht, Thomond Park, 7.35pm; Early Bird Closes 5pm on Wed, March 20 – Buy tickets here

Six Nations Rugby In Cork

Friday, March 8

Ireland U20s v France U20s, Irish Independent Park, 7.15pm; Buy tickets here


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