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Team Named | Munster Side To Face Connacht

January 8, 2021 11:45 am By The Editor

Munster team Connacht

Peter O'Mahony returns to captain the side against Connacht ©INPHO

The Munster team has been named for Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 game against Connacht at the Sportsground (7.35pm – live on eir Sport and TG4).

Head coach Johann van Graan has made a number of changes from the starting XV which lost narrowly to Ulster last time out.

In the front row, James Cronin returns to the side after successfully rehabbing an abdomen injury and he is joined by Kevin O’Byrne and Stephen Archer. Cronin is set to make his 100th Guinness PRO14 appearance on Saturday.

Jean Kleyn and Tadhg Beirne form the second row partnership while Gavin Coombes, captain Peter O’Mahony and CJ Stander make up the back row combination.

In the half backs, Conor Murray and JJ Hanrahan renew their partnership alongside Damian De Allende and Chris Farrell in the centre.

Shane Daly, who is the only player to retain his position from the Ulster game, starts on the left wing. Keith Earls takes up the other wing spot and Mike Haley slots in at full back.

There are two Greencore Academy players named amongst the replacements; Josh Wycherley and Ben Healy.

Fineen Wycherley is set to make his 50th appearance for Munster if sprung from the bench.

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

Munster: Mike Haley; Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Damian de Allende, Shane Daly; JJ Hanrahan, Conor Murray; James Cronin, Kevin O’Byrne, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne; Gavin Coombes, Peter O’Mahony (c), CJ Stander.

Replacements: Niall Scannell, Josh Wycherley, Keynan Knox, Fineen Wycherley, Billy Holland, Nick McCarthy, Ben Healy, Rory Scannell.

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Report | Munster Secure Victory In Galway

January 9, 2021 9:31 pm By The Editor

Report | Munster Secure Victory In Galway

Tadhg Beirne, Gavin Coombes and Peter O'Mahony. Inpho

Munster returned to winning ways in the Guinness PRO14 after they recorded a 10-16 victory over Connacht at the Sportsground in Galway.

An early penalty from JJ Hanrahan put Munster into the lead before Chris Farrell’s try at the midway point of the first half which was converted by Hanrahan put the southern province 0-10 up before Jack Carty got Connacht’s first points of the game with a penalty at the stroke of half time.

Munster regained their 10-point advantage when Hanrahan added the first points of the second half with a penalty on 42 minutes. Hanrahan put Munster 3-16 in front with another effort off the tee after 61 minutes.

Munster defended superbly throughout and a huge effort in the last 20 minutes almost kept the hosts at bay but Connacht crossed for a late try with the visitors down to 14 men to keep themselves in the game.

With the clock in the red, Connacht continued to attack but 13-man Munster held out just metres from the line as the hosts spilled the ball forward which secured the victory.

Munster conceded some penalties in the opening minutes of the game which allowed Jack Carty an opportunity to open the scoring but his kick at goal was wide.

Munster’s physicality in defence was a feature throughout and some great hold up work from Hanrahan and Damian De Allende secured a turnover. From the scrum, Munster won a penalty and kicked to touch. A powerful maul brought play up to the Connacht 22 as the hosts infringed. JJ Hanrahan kicked for goal from the penalty and his effort was successful as we opened up a 0-3 lead after 11 minutes.

Jean Kleyn was replaced by Fineen Wycherley five minutes later after the second row suffered a knock when making a tackle.

Some good work from James Cronin at the breakdown allowed Hanrahan to kick Munster up to the Connacht 22. From here, Munster’s maul drove up the 5m line before a series of close-range carries resulted in Chris Farrell to ghost through a gap in the defence to score the first try of the game. Hanrahan’s conversion gave Munster a 10-0 lead at the midway point of the first half.

Connacht responded by edging the territorial and possession stakes approaching the 30-minute mark. A Connacht maul 5m out from the Munster line saw some resolute defending which eventually forced a knock-on from the hosts.

Connacht continued to attack and this time Guinness Player Of The Match Tadhg Beirne got his hands on the ball to win a penalty and relieve the pressure.

However, with a clock in the red, Connacht were awarded an opportunity to register their first points of the game and Carty made no mistake on this occasion as the sides went in for half-time with Munster leading 3-10.

At the beginning of the second half, an early Munster penalty saw the visitors regain their 10-point advantage thanks to the boot of Hanrahan.

Connacht responded with a period of possession in the Munster 22 but Beirne stepped up once again to relieve the pressure with an excellent turnover.

A slick lineout strike move involving Conor Murray, CJ Stander and Hanrahan put Keith Earls through a gap before Farrell continued the attack with a strong carry. Connacht failed to roll away at an ensuing ruck which allowed Hanrahan to extend Munster’s lead to 3-16.

Munster defended resolutely for the remainder of the game but after Rory Scannell was sent to the bin for infringing on the deck, Peter Sullivan crossed for a try in the corner. Carty’s conversion brought it back to a six-point game.

The hosts then worked their way up the field as a superb tackle from Billy Holland stopped a dangerous Connacht break in its tracks. Nick McCarthy received a yellow card soon after which left Munster with 13 men on the field, however, the defence on the line held firm as some excellent counter-rucking saw Beirne make a crucial tackle which forced a knock-on from the hosts to secure the win.

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Tadhg Beirne was awarded the Guinness Player Of The Match.

Munster have extended their lead at the top of Conference B to 11 points.

Chris Farrell scored Munster’s try while JJ Hanrahan kicked 11 points from the tee.

James Cronin made his 100th appearance in the Guinness PRO14.

Fineen Wycherley earned his 50th cap for Munster.

Shane Daly was the only player in the starting XV to retain his place from the narrow loss to Ulster in the Guinness PRO14 last weekend.

Two Greencore Academy players were involved in the matchday 23; Ben Healy and Josh Wycherley.

Munster: Mike Haley; Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Damian de Allende, Shane Daly (Scannell 71′); JJ Hanrahan (Healy 61′), Conor Murray (McCarthy 73′); James Cronin (J Wycherley 59′), Kevin O’Byrne (Scannell 52′), Stephen Archer (Knox 52′); Jean Kleyn (F Wycherley 15′), Tadhg Beirne; Gavin Coombes (Holland 64′), Peter O’Mahony (c), CJ Stander.

Replacements: Niall Scannell, Josh Wycherley, Keynan Knox, Fineen Wycherley, Billy Holland, Nick McCarthy, Ben Healy, Rory Scannell.

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