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Racing 92 vs Munster, Sun 12th Jan 3:15pm, BT Sport

  • 11-01-2020 4:47pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    RACING 92
    15. Brice Dulin, 14. Teddy Thomas, 13. Virimi Vakatawa, 12. Henry Chavancy (c), 11. Juan Imhoff, 10. Finn Russell, 9. Teddy Iribaren,
    1. Eddy Ben Arous, 2. Camille Chat, 3. Ben Tameifuna, 4. Boris Palu, 5. Dominic Bird, 6. Wenceslas Lauret, 7. Bernard Le Roux, 8. Antonie Claassen.

    Replacements:
    16. Teddy Baubigny, 17. Hassane Kolingar, 18. Cedate Gomes Sa, 19. Donnacha Ryan, 20. Fabien Sanconnie, 21. Maxime Machenaud, 22. Ben Volavola, 23. Olivier Klemenczak,

    MUNSTER RUGBY
    15. Mike Haley, 14. Andrew Conway, 13. Chris Farrell, 12. Rory Scannell, 11. Keith Earls, 10. JJ Hanrahan, 9. Conor Murray,
    1. Dave Kilcoyne, 2. Niall Scannell, 3. Stephen Archer, 4. Jean Kleyn, 5. Billy Holland, 6. Peter O'Mahony (c), 7. Jack O'Donoghue, 8. CJ Stander.

    Replacements:
    16. Kevin O'Byrne, 17. Jeremy Loughman, 18. John Ryan, 19. Arno Botha, 20. Chris Cloete, 21. Craig Casey, 22. Dan Goggin, 23. Shane Daly,

    Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

    AR1: Christophe Ridley (England)

    AR2: Paul Dix (England)

    TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)

    Pool 4 standings:
    Racing 17
    Saracens 14
    Munster 11
    Ospreys 2


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Comments

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,066 ✭✭✭ Richie_Rich89


    Real look of knife to a gunfight off that Munster backrow. O'Donoghue is a fine 6/8 but doesn't appear to have the instincts of an openside. O'Mahony doesn't possess the physical tools for blindside. It would be much better in my opinion to put him at 7 and ask him to use his reading of the game to support play. Stander is such a hard worker, and can pull out inspirational moments, but he's not really a footballer, which is a problem from your number 8. Putting him in at blindside would be a better fit. He could get to work without having to make too many decisions.

    Winning the backrow battle is almost invariably key to any Irish success on the rugby field. I'm not sure this unit, in this configuration, has it in them to have enough positive influence. For me, 6. Stander, 7. POM, 8. Botha was the combination to go for, especially on this fast, fake pitch, where ball-carrying and winning momentum has heightened importance. You'd have another carrier to take the pressure off Stander (he's always better with another backrow carrier alongside him), and having two brutes with him would free up O'Mahony to concentrate on the cerebral stuff.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,474 ✭✭✭ Jump_In_Jack


    Would rather CJ 6, POM or Cloete 7 and JOD 8.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,343 ✭✭✭✭ mfceiling


    Hate to say it but Munster could get absolutely hockeyed here.


  • Subscribers Posts: 36,241 ✭✭✭✭ sydthebeat


    mfceiling wrote: »
    Hate to say it but Munster could get absolutely hockeyed here.

    That's how I see it currently.

    Munster aren't playing well, finding it hard to score tries (7 so far versus Ospreys 11 is embarrassing)

    If racing open up it could be very ugly.


  • Registered Users Posts: 21,031 ✭✭✭✭ Squidgy Black


    Will require a massive performance from Munster to keep this a close game. Bench isn't exactly the strongest either if things start to go pear-shaped, the decision to go without a lock could turn out to be a big one.

    I think they have it in them but will need everything to go right and bank on their defence.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,467 ✭✭✭ budhabob


    Would rather CJ 6, POM or Cloete 7 and JOD 8.

    Personally I don't want cloete anywhere near a medium important game, let alone a season defining one.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,467 ✭✭✭ budhabob


    For some reason I feel like a win is on the cards today, even given the clear disadvantage in terms of teams named.

    Probably just supporter mist, but still, I'm calling a Munster win now.


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


    Munster by 3. Racing as expected with the named teams to have all the eye catching moments etc but munster with their defence to cling on. Racing brilliant yet flaky and Munster to pick off their inevitable mistakes


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,366 ✭✭✭ yerrahbah


    I'll believe JJ is starting when I see him on the field at kick off


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


    Donnacha Ryan out.

    Big loss to not have him out there starting.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,467 ✭✭✭ budhabob


    Donnacha Ryan out.

    Big loss to not have him out there starting.

    Great news


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,226 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    Nervous about this one but a win isn't beyond Munster. Intensity needs to be there for 80 minutes and the pack need to give JJ some time on the ball and breathing room.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,906 ✭✭✭✭ PhlegmyMoses


    Benjamin Kaysar has strikingly good English for a Frenchie.


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,564 ✭✭✭✭ Buer


    Benjamin Kaysar has strikingly good English for a Frenchie.

    He played for Leicester for a few season.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,906 ✭✭✭✭ PhlegmyMoses


    Buer wrote: »
    He played for Leicester for a few season.

    Yeah, I think it is more the lack of a strong french accent maybe.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,191 ✭✭✭ swiwi_


    LOL. Barnes trying to make the scrum mark with his studs. Welcome to artificial turf Wayne.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,193 ✭✭✭✭ Larbre34


    My missus just goes "Dulin, du Vin, du Boursin"

    Lol.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,229 ✭✭✭✭ Clegg


    There was zero need for Russell to take that quickly. Was also a poor pass. Died a death just before it reached the recipient.


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,564 ✭✭✭✭ Buer


    Clegg wrote: »
    There was zero need for Russell to take that quickly. Was also a poor pass. Died a death just before it reached the recipient.

    Ah, it was into his hands and he didn't have to reach. Player was looking downfield as ball reached him.

    Munster have started just how they need. Strangle this for a bit with a couple of three pointers and Racing will Racing.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,226 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    Exactly the start Munster needed.


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  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 391 ✭✭ Professor Genius


    Murray is an awful weak point.


  • Registered Users Posts: 21,031 ✭✭✭✭ Squidgy Black


    Strange to hear a French crowd go quiet for a kicker


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,384 Panda Killa


    0-6..keep grinding...I'll take a tight game all day long!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,564 ✭✭✭✭ Buer


    Murray is an awful weak point.

    He's not. He put in a poor kick. Before that he had a very good opening 10 minutes and ran the show for Munster's drive leading to the first score.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,467 ✭✭✭ budhabob


    Buer wrote: »
    He's not. He put in a poor kick. Before that he had a very good opening 10 minutes and ran the show for Munster's drive leading to the first score.
    This!


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,564 ✭✭✭✭ Buer


    Munster get the next score and I don't see Racing really getting into the game.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,229 ✭✭✭✭ Clegg


    Munster doing what Ulster should have done yesterday.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,467 ✭✭✭ budhabob


    If JJs hamstrung is ok after some of the tackles he's been involved in he's the finest.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,229 ✭✭✭✭ Clegg


    That's garbage from Kleyn.

    Idiot.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,906 ✭✭✭✭ PhlegmyMoses


    Idiotic from Kleyn


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