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Team Named | Munster Side To Face Scarlets

October 2, 2020 11:50 am By The Editor

Team Named | Munster Side To Face Scarlets

The Munster side has been named for Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 opener against Scarlets in Wales (3pm, live on eir Sport, TG4 & Premier Sports).

In the back three, full-back Mike Haley and Darren Sweetnam make their first PRO14 appearances since February with Andrew Conway starting on the right wing.

Damian de Allende and Chris Farrell form the centre partnership with Craig Casey and JJ Hanrahan in the half-backs.

James Cronin, Rhys Marshall and John Ryan pack down in the front row with Jean Kleyn and Tadhg Beirne, who faces his former side for the first time, in the second row.

Captain Peter O’Mahony, Jack O’Donoghue and CJ Stander complete the starting XV.

Greencore Munster Rugby Academy out-half Ben Healy is among the replacements.

The Munster squad will be wearing our new adidas Alternate kit for the first time, available exclusively for pre-order at Life Style Sports here.

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

Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Damian de Allende, Darren Sweetnam; JJ Hanrahan, Craig Casey; James Cronin, Rhys Marshall, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne; Peter O’Mahony (C), Jack O’Donoghue, CJ Stander.

Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Jeremy Loughman, Stephen Archer, Fineen Wycherley, Gavin Coombes, Neil Cronin, Ben Healy, Rory Scannell.

Be There

Munster Rugby are offering supporters the chance to have a cardboard cut-out of themselves in Thomond Park for the opening games of the Guinness PRO14 season.

The cut-outs will remain in place while the stadium capacity is limited.

Supporters can buy a single cardboard cut-out for €19.95 or three for €49.95.

See full details and order here.

Please note that if you order later than noon on Friday, October 2, your cut-out will be in place for our second home game of the season.

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Report | Healy Caps Incredible Comeback For 14-Man Munster

October 3, 2020 5:15 pm By The Editor

Ben Healy celebrates with Mike Haley and Neil Cronin after kicking the winning penalty.

Ben Healy celebrates with Mike Haley and Neil Cronin after kicking the winning penalty. Inpho

14-man Munster produced an extraordinary comeback to secure an incredible opening day win over Scarlets in the incessant rain at the Parc y Scarlets on Saturday afternoon.

Academy out-half Ben Healy kicked a fantastic 50-metre penalty to win the game in the final play after an outstanding final 12 minutes that saw Chris Farrell and Kevin O’Byrne score tries with Healy landing both conversions and the match-winning penalty.

There was also time for Peter O’Mahony to be shown a second yellow and then red card following Farrell’s try but 14-man Munster refused to lie down and mounted a stunning comeback.

Leigh Halfpenny kicked nine penalties for Scarlets.

Three Halfpenny penalties gave Scarlets a 9-0 lead with O’Mahony in the sin bin for illegal counter-rucking on 16 minutes.

14-man Munster were back in it when Jack O’Donoghue finished off a superb move. Mike Haley gathered a Scarlets clearing kick and offloaded for Andrew Conway to break away down the right wing.

The winger drew the defender before releasing de Allende and he popped off for O’Donoghue to score with JJ Hanrahan landing the tricky conversion to make it 9-7 after 28 minutes.

Halfpenny kicked his fourth penalty on 35 minutes to increase the Scarlets lead after the hosts won another breakdown penalty to make it 12-7.

Hanrahan was off target with his first penalty just before the break and Munster trailed 12-7 at half-time.

Halfpenny started the second half as he ended the first when Munster were again pinged by the referee at the breakdown as Scarlets moved 15-7 ahead.

Munster hit back on 48 minutes when Hanrahan kicked his first penalty to make it 15-10 after a Scarlets breakdown infringement but Scarlets restored their eight-point lead three minutes later after a Munster offside.

Academy out-half Healy, Jeremy Loughman and Fineen Wycherley were brought on after 52 minutes but a seventh Halfpenny penalty made it 21-10 four minutes later.

Healy was the next Munster man to fall foul of the referee’s whistle and Halfpenny kicked his eighth penalty on 66 minutes.

Munster were back in it when Chris Farrell slid over to score our second try on 70 minutes but the officials spent a number of minutes looking at the try and showed a second yellow card to O’Mahony and sending him off, allowing the score.

Healy slotted the conversion but we restarted with a penalty against O’Mahony and Halfpenny kicked it over from halfway to make it 27-17.

The 14 men kept going and Munster got to within seven points when Healy kicked a long-range penalty.

The comeback continued when Munster mauled over for O’Byrne to score with two minutes to go before Healy kicked Munster to a memorable opening day win.

Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Damian de Allende, Darren Sweetnam (Rory Scannell., 62); JJ Hanrahan (Ben Healy, 52), Craig Casey (Neil Cronin, 73); James Cronin (Jeremy Loughman, 52), Rhys Marshall (Kevin O’Byrne, 46), John Ryan (Stephen Archer, 62); Jean Kleyn (Fineen Wycherley, 52), Tadhg Beirne; Peter O’Mahony (C), Jack O’Donoghue (Gavin Coombes, 62), CJ Stander.

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