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Connacht vs Munster, Fri 27th Oct 7:35pm, TG4

  • 26-10-2017 12:12pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    Connacht:
    Tiernan O’Halloran, Darragh Leader, Bundee Aki, Tom Farrell, Cian Kelleher, Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion,
    Denis Buckley, Tom McCartney, Finlay Bealham; Ultan Dillane, James Cannon; Eoin McKeon, Jarrad Butler, John Muldoon (Capt).

    Replacements: Dave Heffernan, Denis Coulson, Conor Carey, Quinn Roux, Eoghan Masterson, Caolin Blade, Craig Ronaldson, Niyi Adeolokun.

    Munster:
    Simon Zebo; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls, Ian Keatley, Conor Murray;
    Dave Kilcoyne, Rhys Marshall, John Ryan; Mark Flanagan, Billy Holland; Peter O’Mahony Capt., Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander.

    Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Liam O’Connor, Stephen Archer, Sean McCarthy, Jack O’Donoghue, Duncan Williams, JJ Hanrahan, Darren Sweetnam.

    The Pro14 returns as Connacht host Munster in a Conference A clash. Munster will look to consolidate their strong league position while Connacht are seeking a win to chase the pack after a disappointing 8 points from their first six league matches.

    Usually this fixture would be a chance to rotate for Munster as it would be sandwiched between internationals or other interprovincial matches. With Ireland only playing 3 autumn internationals this year (and the Fiji match likely to see rotation), Munster are able to name close to their strongest available lineup. Other than Jean Kleyn not appearing in the second row (it's unclear at this stage whether he is rested or is injured) and a change at TH, there are no changes to the starting lineup that defeated Racing 92.

    Today's Ireland squad announcement and upcoming internationals loom in the background as both regular starters and squad hopefuls look to impress. Simon Zebo's future departure to France leaves the door open for a player like Tiernan O'Halloran to stake a claim at an Ireland jersey in the not too distant future. Garry Ringrose's injury opens the door for Bundí Aki to gain a first Irish cap at centre.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,613 ✭✭✭ connachta


    Slightly stronger Munster XV, slightly stronger Connacht bench.


  • Registered Users Posts: 573 Hastentoadd


    Wow, that is a much stronger Munster team than I ever expected to be named. Had expected Munster to put out a second team for this game, considering a secondary Munster team beat Connacht in the Sportsground last year and the Connacht team against them is much the same as last year.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,799 ✭✭✭ Tomtom364


    Neil Francis
    Munster are able to name close to their strongest available lineup. Other than Jean Kleyn not appearing in the second row (it's unclear at this stage whether he is rested or is injured) and a change at TH, there are no changes to the starting lineup that defeated Racing 92.

    Just to be pedantic, sweetnam started last week with Conway on the bench.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,047 ✭✭✭ Bazzo


    Cats
    You could cut the tension with a knife.

    A5tumbleweed.jpg


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators, Regional West Moderators Posts: 6,715 Mod ✭✭✭✭ connemara man


    Venjur isn't stirring ;)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,047 ✭✭✭ Bazzo


    Cats
    Are you telling me he didn't bump in to KK and Rassie this week? I don't believe it :pac:


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,860 ✭✭✭ Wegians89


    Interesting to see who comes out on top it the battle of dropped fullbacks. Hope toh manages to stay fit for the 80 min and show joe what he's missing


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,173 ✭✭✭ Burkie1203


    Cats
    Wegians89 wrote: »
    Interesting to see who comes out on top it the battle of dropped fullbacks. Hope toh manages to stay fit for the 80 min and show joe what he's missing

    He should have showed that in irish camps


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,860 ✭✭✭ Wegians89


    Burkie1203 wrote: »
    He should have showed that in irish camps

    I have no doubt that he has shown it in camp and he certainly has in any of his caps for Ireland so far.

    What joe is missing by leaving him out is is the pure attacking ability and creativity tiernan brings. I didn't say it's what joe wants but just what he is missing.

    And if tiernan shows this tonight for 80 minutes the chances of Connacht winning increase.


  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    Cats
    Tomtom364 wrote: »
    Just to be pedantic, sweetnam started last week with Conway on the bench.

    Pedant anyway, I'm the same. :)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,227 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    I hear Muldoon reckons the real reason Zebo is leaving Munster is because Reggie Corrigans comments really struck a chord with him...


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators, Regional West Moderators Posts: 6,715 Mod ✭✭✭✭ connemara man


    Burkie1203 wrote: »
    He should have showed that in irish camps

    TOH has said in an interview last year is the way he's asked to play for Connacht actually makes it hard for him to show the workons to Joe


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators, Regional West Moderators Posts: 6,715 Mod ✭✭✭✭ connemara man


    Really should be an interesting game. If and a huge if Connacht click and play like they did in Ulster and improve on that we'll be incredibly difficult to live with.

    If we play like we did Vs Worcester well we're fecked


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,860 ✭✭✭ Wegians89


    Really should be an interesting game. If and a huge if Connacht click and play like they did in Ulster and improve on that we'll be incredibly difficult to live with.

    If we play like we did Vs Worcester well we're fecked

    Weather is supposed to be grand which is a big thing for the fair weather connacht game plan. There'll be big crowd out I'd say and atmosphere should be good


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,356 ✭✭✭ FACECUTTR


    Cats
    Very strong Munster team. If Connacht show up it should be a cracker. I think we need this win far more than Munster.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,051 ✭✭✭ Dbu


    Neil Francis
    Wegians89 wrote: »
    Weather is supposed to be grand which is a big thing for the fair weather connacht game plan. There'll be big crowd out I'd say and atmosphere should be good


    Weather being grand and Connacht V Munster in Galway normally do not go together. Looking forward to my first trip to the sportsground


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,173 ✭✭✭ Burkie1203


    Cats
    Dbu wrote: »
    Weather being grand and Connacht V Munster in Galway normally do not go together. Looking forward to my first trip to the sportsground

    3-0 to munster so.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,051 ✭✭✭ Dbu


    Neil Francis
    Burkie1203 wrote: »
    3-0 to munster so.

    There was a good few of them 10 years ago or so


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,860 ✭✭✭ Wegians89


    Hope Connacht get a bit of a lead early on, if that happened could be a game like the scarlets, if munster get going early could be a low enough handy win for them


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,047 ✭✭✭ Bazzo


    Cats
    Dbu wrote: »
    There was a good few of them 10 years ago or so

    2 in a row in 2004. Turgid.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,227 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    So apparently after Muldoon's comments earlier, Peter O'Mahony has fired back stating that he's had more time as a back three for Ireland than Tiernan. Things are really heating up before tonight's clash, more to follow no doubt.


  • Registered Users Posts: 37,978 irishbucsfan


    I have this weird feeling that Venjur might bump into Rassie during his commute.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,227 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    I have this weird feeling that Venjur might bump into Rassie during his commute.

    I actually did bump into Rassie just there, he had all his Munster gear on over his South African gear.

    I said best of luck this evening against Connacht. He didn't respond at first but then denied being Rassie Erasmus, denied having any connection to Munster rugby and said that if anyone said otherwise it was the IRFU and more specifically Jamie Heaslips fault.

    Was a bit of a strange one. I said 'good-bye" and he just said that he could neither confirm nor deny if it was good.

    As I walked away I heard him on the phone giving bank account electronic transfer details to someone called RODGE???


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,860 ✭✭✭ Wegians89


    Last time Zebo and rassie will be st the sportsground for munster


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,967 ✭✭✭✭ The Lost Sheep


    Really quiet in ground so far. Surprised at that.


  • Registered Users Posts: 467 ✭✭ jspuds


    Any English commentary available for the game?


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,300 ✭✭✭ death1234567


    Really quiet in ground so far. Surprised at that.
    Why, kick off isn't for another hour and half and it's a Friday evening.


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,967 ✭✭✭✭ The Lost Sheep


    Why, kick off isn't for another hour and half and it's a Friday evening.
    interpros usually have queues out the gate and I'm working in here and normally for Munster queues are out the gate....


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,613 ✭✭✭ connachta




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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,475 ✭✭✭ Jump_In_Jack


    interpros usually have queues out the gate and I'm working in here and normally for Munster queues are out the gate....

    How's the crowd lookin now?


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