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Munster vs Edinburgh, Pro14 SF Qualifier, Sat 5 May 3:15pm; TG4/Sky Sports

  • 04-05-2018 11:47am
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    Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    Munster:
    Simon Zebo; Andrew Conway, Sammy Arnold, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; JJ Hanrahan, Conor Murray;
    James Cronin, Rhys Marshall, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland; Peter O’Mahony (C), Jack O’Donoghue, CJ Stander.

    Replacements: Mike Sherry, Dave Kilcoyne, Ciaran Parker, Gerbrandt Grobler, Robin Copeland, James Hart, Ian Keatley, Darren Sweetnam.

    Edinburgh team to face Munster in the Guinness PRO14 Semi-Final Qualifier at Thomond Park on Saturday 5 May (kick-off 3.15pm) – live on Sky Sports Action and BBC ALBA.

    15. Blair Kinghorn (63)
    14. Dougie Fife (106)
    13. Mark Bennett (11)
    12. Chris Dean (65)
    11. Duhan van der Merwe (17)
    10. Jaco van der Walt (16)
    9. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (107)

    1. Jordan Lay (11)
    2. Stuart McInally (119) CAPTAIN
    3. Simon Berghan (48)
    4. Ben Toolis (87)
    5. Grant Gilchrist (119)
    6. Magnus Bradbury (52)
    7. Jamie Ritchie (48)
    8. Bill Mata (36)

    Replacements: 16. Neil Cochrane (75); 17. Allan Dell (43); 18. WP Nel (115); 19. Lewis Carmichael (32); 20 Cornell du Preez (104); 21. Nathan Fowles (58); 22. Duncan Weir (34); 23. James Johnstone (17)

    Many selection decisions to dissect here! The big story of Munster's lineup comes at flyhalf with JJ Hanrahan starting ahead of Ian Keatley. John Ryan's injury means Ciaran Parker steps up to the bench after Brian Scott's struggles in the scrum last weekend. Alex Wootton, a starter in the European knockout matches, cannot get a place in the 23 with Darren Sweetnam selected ahead of him to cover the starting back three of Earls-Zebo-Conway. Niall Scannell was an injury doubt during the week and doesn't make the side. Kevin O'Byrne was also confirmed injured so Mike Sherry is selected to backup Rhys Marshall.

    Edinburgh have been one of the surprises of the season under new head coach Richard Cockerill, following a period in disrepair. Cockerill himself has done much to repair his reputation after a disappointing end to his long tenure at Leicester. Duhan van der Merwe arrived under the radar in November from South Africa and has been one of the signings of the season, scoring 8 tries in 9 Pro14 games since the New Year. Jaco van der Walt has also arrived to establish himself as first choice 10.

    I'm surprised at Munster's decision at 10. Keatley hasn't been great in recent games but I haven't seen what JJ has done to wrestle the starting jersey from him. I had thought Taute might sneak into the bench with the idea of getting match time but perhaps he's not ready. Home advantage edges this towards Munster but I think it will closer than the bookies' spread. Munster to win by 5-7 points.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,686 ✭✭✭ aloooof


    JJ obviously the big one. Is this an indication that he's gonna start if we go further in the competition?


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


    aloooof wrote: »
    JJ obviously the big one. Is this an indication that he's gonna start if we go further in the competition?

    It doesn't make sense otherwise. Munster get a rest next week.


  • Registered Users Posts: 21,042 ✭✭✭✭ Squidgy Black


    Huge call starting JJ over Keatley. I wonder is that down to his performance (or lack thereof) in the game against Racing?


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,230 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    Huge call starting JJ over Keatley. I wonder is that down to his performance (or lack thereof) in the game against Racing?

    Keatley falls apart too often in big games. He's on average better than JJ at his best but worse when his head is down.

    Really not a great situation, neither good enough for Munsters aspirations and Tyler can't stay fit.


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,646 ✭✭✭✭ phog


    Huge call starting JJ over Keatley. I wonder is that down to his performance (or lack thereof) in the game against Racing?

    The all underperformed v Racing


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


    phog wrote: »
    The all underperformed v Racing

    That's the thing. JJ came on and was no better. Big call from Van Graan.


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


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,011 ✭✭✭ leakyboots


    Surprised at JJ starting, will be interesting to see how he goes with our first choice pack ahead of him.

    Edinburgh are playing great stuff by all accounts, hope they don't sucker punch us early on a la Racing


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,230 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    leakyboots wrote: »
    Surprised at JJ starting, will be interesting to see how he goes with our first choice pack ahead of him.

    Edinburgh are playing great stuff by all accounts, hope they don't sucker punch us early on a la Racing

    It's something that needs to be worked on as it's not just the Racing game. Munster have been slow out of the blocks a few times since before Christmas and the problem now is that teams are going to really target that opening 20 if they think the missed tackle count is going to give them opportunities.

    Edinburgh are a threat and are probably playing with an unusual amount of confidence at this stage of the season.

    I think the hurt from the semi final will see a lot of resolve on Munster faces though and I can't see Edinburgh being given any kind of platform.

    Should be a good match, hope JJ lives up to the confidence placed in him.


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


    Unreal weather right now.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,187 ✭✭✭ Burkie1203


    Conway got away with one there in the air


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,468 ✭✭✭ budhabob


    For such good weather the ball is being dropped everywhere.


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


    More of this JJ!


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


    Gift! Gwan Marshall.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,468 ✭✭✭ budhabob


    Atta boy Marshall, had alot to do to get there


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,945 ✭✭✭✭ razorblunt


    Awful throw by McInally, well finished.

    That Edinburgh backrow should be destroyed, who replaced Carmichael on the bench?


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,792 ✭✭✭ yosser hughes


    One end of the ground empty? That's poor.


  • Registered Users Posts: 21,042 ✭✭✭✭ Squidgy Black


    razorblunt wrote: »
    Awful throw by McInally, well finished.

    That Edinburgh backrow should be destroyed, who replaced Carmichael on the bench?

    Ally Miller, played 7s for most of last year and played with London Scottish in the premiership.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,187 ✭✭✭ Burkie1203


    Butchery


  • Registered Users Posts: 21,042 ✭✭✭✭ Squidgy Black


    One end of the ground empty? That's poor.

    Both ends are I think.


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,945 ✭✭✭✭ razorblunt


    Jeez Bennett lost none of his speed after that knee injury.


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,945 ✭✭✭✭ razorblunt


    Ally Miller, played 7s for most of last year and played with London Scottish in the premiership.

    Shíte, I live here and never heard him of him! Where's Crosbie?


  • Registered Users Posts: 638 ✭✭✭ Vinnie222


    One end of the ground empty? That's poor.

    Hardly surprising whats going on in other parts of Munster this weekend


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,811 ✭✭✭ thelad95


    One end of the ground empty? That's poor.

    League Quarter Final is never going to capture the imagination too much to be honest.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,468 ✭✭✭ budhabob


    Archer gone off, injury or blood?


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


    What happened to Archer? Big step up for Ciaran Parker now.


  • Registered Users Posts: 638 ✭✭✭ Vinnie222


    What happened to Archer? Big step up for Ciaran Parker now.

    Went down a few times with his shoulder


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,016 ✭✭✭ Bridge93


    Munster not looked particularly good so far. Been largely Edinburgh in control apart from an enormous brainfart


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