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Team Named | Munster Side To Face Edinburgh

October 9, 2020 11:44 am By The Editor

Matt Gallagher will make his Munster debut this weekend, while Ben Healy starts at 10.

Matt Gallagher will make his Munster debut this weekend, while Ben Healy starts at 10.

The Munster side has been named for Saturday’s Round 2 Guinness PRO14 game against Edinburgh at Thomond Park (7.35pm — live on eir Sport and Premier Sports).

There are seven changes to the side that defeated Scarlets in the thrilling opening round encounter in Wales.

Last week’s match-winner, Academy out-half Ben Healy, starts at 10 this weekend as he joins Craig Casey in the half backs.

There is a new midfield pairing with Alex McHenry, making his first Guinness PRO14 start, named alongside Rory Scannell.

In the back three Matt Gallagher makes his Munster debut on the left-wing joining Andrew Conway and Mike Haley.

Jeremy Loughman comes into the front row to pack down with Rhys Marshall and John Ryan while Fineen Wycherley joins Tadhg Beirne in the engine room.

The backrow change sees Tommy O’Donnell included with Jack O’Donoghue making the move to blindside, and CJ Stander captains the side from number 8.

In the replacements Roman Salanoa and academy out-half Jack Crowley are in line to make their Munster debuts, while Conor Murray and Dan Goggin return from respective thigh and ankle injuries to be included.

Munster:  Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Alex McHenry, Rory Scannell, Matt Gallagher; Ben Healy, Craig Casey; Jeremy Loughman, Rhys Marshall, John Ryan; Fineen Wycherley, Tadhg Beirne; Jack O’Donoghue, Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander (C).

Replacements:  Kevin O’Byrne, James Cronin, Roman Salanoa, Gavin Coombes, John Hodnett, Conor Murray, Jack Crowley, Dan Goggin.

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Report | Brilliant Late Win For Munster

October 10, 2020 9:27 pm By The Editor

CJ Stander was the try-scorer for Munster.

CJ Stander was the try-scorer for Munster.

CJ Stander’s late try secured another win for Munster against Edinburgh in the Guinness PRO14 at Thomond Park on Saturday night to make it two wins from two at the start of the season.

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Greencore Munster Rugby Academy out-half Ben Healy converted for the win and also kicked six penalties in another great performance off the tee.

Healy kicked Munster into a 6-0 lead after after six minutes. An Edinburgh maul infringement and great work at the breakdown from Jeremy Loughman earned the two opportunities with Healy carrying on from where he left off last week.

Edinburgh scored the first try on 12 minutes as their maul was held up just short but centre Mark Bennett darted through a gap to score. Jaco van der Walt converted and the visitors led 7-6.

Jack O’Donoghue was very nearly in for the first Munster try when Rory Scannell kicked in behind the Edinburgh defence but Damian Hoyland just touched down before the flanker got his hand to the ball.

Munster were back in front through Healy’s third penalty after a dangerous Edinburgh tackle as Munster led 9-7 after 20 minutes.

Andrew Conway was very nearly in when he chipped over the Edinburgh defence on the right wing but the winger’s second kick was too central and Hoyland was able to recover.

Edinburgh were next to strike after a sustained period of pressure in the Munster 22 with WP Nel powering over as Van der Walt’s conversion made it 14-9.

A clever show-and-go from Player of the Match Craig Casey got Munster back on the attack and Healy kicked his fourth penalty on the stroke of half-time after a big turnover from Tadhg Beirne as Munster trailed 14-12 at the interval.

A fantastic recovery tackle from Conway on George Taylor prevented a third Edinburgh try with Rhys Marshall on the spot to win back possession when Taylor released.

Van der Walt did get points on the board for the visitors shortly afterwards however as Munster were penalised for an offside and Edinburgh led 17-12 after 49 minutes.

Healy hit back just four minutes later with his fifth penalty and the out-half put Munster back in front with his sixth after he was high-tackled by van der Walt.

The Edinburgh out-half was sin-binned and the Munster out-half kicked Munster into an 18-17 lead after 58 minutes.

Bennett kicked Edinburgh back in front after a very dangerous counter-attack with Munster pinged for an offside as we trailed 20-18 after 66 minutes.

Outstanding work at the breakdown by replacement James Cronin won Munster another penalty opportunity just short of the 70-minute mark but Healy was just off target.

Van der Walt kicked his third penalty on 74 minutes after Munster were offside as they chased Healy’s clearing kick.

Healy kicked Munster into the corner a minute later after Edinburgh were penalised at the breakdown and the province were patient and clinical going through the phases with Stander touching down.

Healy made no mistake with the vital conversion to put Munster 27-25 ahead and despite a nervy final few minutes, Munster clinched another late victory.

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Craig Casey was awarded Man of the Match.

Tommy O’Donnell failed a HIA in the first half and will be monitored by the medical team.

Two Greencore Munster Rugby Academy players featured – Ben Healy and John Hodnett.

Summer addition Matt Gallagher made his senior Munster debut on the wing with prop Roman Salanoa also making his senior bow off the bench.

Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Alex McHenry (Dan Goggin, 50), Rory Scannell, Matt Gallagher; Ben Healy, Craig Casey (Conor Murray, 63); Jeremy Loughman (James Cronin, 54), Rhys Marshall (Kevin O’Byrne, 63), John Ryan (Roman Salanoa, 72); Fineen Wycherley (Gavin Coombes, 60), Tadhg Beirne; Jack O’Donoghue, Tommy O’Donnell (John Hodnett, 31), CJ Stander (C).

Unused replacement: Jack Crowley.

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