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Team Named | Munster Side To Face Scarlets

March 2, 2023 10:13 am By The Editor

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Jack O'Donoghue captains Munster with RG Snyman set to make his return to action. Inpho

The Munster team has been named for Friday’s sold-out URC Round 15 clash against Scarlets at Musgrave Park (7.35pm).

There are three personnel changes and one positional switch to the side that beat Ospreys two weeks ago.

Hooker Diarmuid Barron starts on his 50th Munster appearance as Academy player Patrick Campbell and Calvin Nash also come into the side.

World Cup winner RG Snyman is among the replacements after battling back to full fitness following a serious knee injury sustained in October 2021. Snyman is in line for his first appearance at Musgrave Park.

Jack Crowley and Keynan Knox also come into the squad as replacements with Academy pair Ethan Coughlan and Mark Donnelly keeping their places on the bench.

Campbell starts at full-back on his 10th appearance of the campaign with Nash returning from injury on the right wing. Daly moves to the left wing having started the Ospreys victory at full-back.

There is continuity in the half-backs and midfield. Scrum-half Paddy Patterson and out-half Joey Carbery start together for the third successive game, as do centre pairing Malakai Fekitoa and Antoine Frisch.

In the front row, Roman Salanoa keeps his place on his return from international duty and packs down with Josh Wycherley and Barron.

Jean Kleyn, who makes his 17th start of the season, and Fineen Wycherley are paired together in the engine room for the third successive game.

Gavin Coombes returns from Ireland camp to start in an unchanged back-row with captain Jack O’Donoghue and John Hodnett.

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

Munster: Patrick Campbell; Calvin Nash, Antoine Frisch, Malakai Fekitoa, Shane Daly; Joey Carbery, Paddy Patterson; Josh Wycherley, Diarmuid Barron, Roman Salanoa; Jean Kleyn, Fineen Wycherley; Jack O’Donoghue (C), John Hodnett, Gavin Coombes.

Replacements: Niall Scannell, Mark Donnelly, Keynan Knox, RG Snyman, Alex Kendellen, Ethan Coughlan, Jack Crowley, Jack O’Sullivan.

Press Pass

Hear from Defence Coach Denis Leamy and Fineen Wycherley as they spoke to the media on Tuesday.

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Report | Munster Hang On For Thrilling Scarlets Victory

March 3, 2023 9:57 pm By The Editor

Paddy Patterson runs in one of seven Munster tries.

Paddy Patterson runs in one of seven Munster tries. Inpho

Munster won a madcap 13-try thriller at a sold-out Musgrave Park on Friday night to make it five URC wins in a row.

It finished seven tries to six in Munster’s favour with Scarlets mounting a superb second-half comeback having trailed 35-7 at half-time.

The biggest cheer of the night was reserved for RG Snyman as he returned from injury on 63 minutes for his first appearance since October 2021.

Shane Daly and Player of the Match Calvin Nash both scored two tries with Patrick Campbell, Paddy Patterson and Gavin Coombes also touching down. Joey Carbery kicked six conversions and Jack Crowley kicked one as Munster managed to see out the victory.

Munster started brilliantly and scored the opening try after just 150 seconds. Coombes, John Hodnett and Roman Salanoa all had big carries in the build-up before Antoine Frisch’s beautiful out the backdoor offload sent Campbell down the right wing for the first try. The Academy full-back pointed to the sky after scoring, dedicating the try to his coach and friend Tom Tierney.

Jean Kleyn knocked on inches from the line before Patterson’s inside pass allowed Nash race though the middle for his first try.

Daly scored the third try in the left corner after 23 minutes following good hands from Carbery and Nash before Patterson weaved in for the bonus-point try on 26 minutes with Carbery’s four conversions making it 28-0.

A Joe Roberts try for Scarlets after 34 minutes got Scarlets off the mark with Sam Costelow converting but Daly danced through the Scarlets defence on the stroke of half-time to give Munster a commanding 35-7 advantage.

Scarlets struck first in the second half with Vaea Fifita racing in from 30 metres with Costelow’s conversion making it 35-14.

Munster responded immediately with Gavin Coombes scoring his 12th try of the campaign from close range on 49 minutes.

Sione Kalamafoni pounced on a loose ball after a Scarlets counter-ruck to score in the right corner and keep the game alive as Costelow’s conversion made it 42-21.

An injury for Patrick Campbell mean the Munster backline had to be rejigged as Academy scrum-half Ethan Coughlan came in at 9 with Patterson going out to the wing and Daly moving to full-back.

Sam Lousi was in for the Scarlets’ bonus-point try just past the hour after a direct Scarlets attack with Costelow’s conversion making it 42-28 going into the final quarter.

Academy prop Mark Donnelly came up with a big turnover and Munster looked to have made the five points safe on 64 minutes with the seventh try. Replacement Jack Crowley made a break and offloaded for Daly who nearly got in for his hat-trick but passed for Nash to score his second.

Crowley’s conversion made it 49-28 but Scarlets kept going to set up a grandstand finish.

Scarlets were in for their fifth try on 70 minutes when Gareth Davies touched down under the posts to make it a two-score game before a vital Fineen Wycherley interception halted another Scarlets attack.

The Welsh side kept coming and Tom Rogers scored after 76 minutes with Costelow converting to make it 49-42.

Crowley saw a late penalty drop short and a Scarlets knock-on ended their chances of a comeback as Munster held on for another vital win.

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Patrick Campbell (calf/ankle), Niall Scannell (shoulder) and Shane Daly (HIA) went off and will be assessed by the medical department.

Diarmuid Barron made his 50th Munster appearance.

RG Snyman made his first appearance since October 2021.

Munster: Patrick Campbell (Ethan Coughlan, 55); Calvin Nash, Antoine Frisch, Malakai Fekitoa, Shane Daly (Joey Carbery, 77); Joey Carbery (Jack Crowley, 53), Paddy Patterson; Josh Wycherley (Mark Donnelly, 48), Diarmuid Barron (Niall Scannell, 48-63), Roman Salanoa (Keynan Knox, 48); Jean Kleyn (RG Snyman, 63), Fineen Wycherley; Jack O’Donoghue (C) (Jack O’Sullivan, 51), John Hodnett (Alex Kendellen, 68), Gavin Coombes.

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