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Scarlets vs Munster, Sat 3rd Oct 3pm; Eir Sport & TG4

  • 02-10-2020 1:23pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    Scarlets:

    15 Leigh Halfpenny; 14 Tom Rogers, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Steff Hughes, 11 Steff Evans; 10 Dan Jones, 9 Gareth Davies; 1 Wyn Jones, 2 Ken Owens (capt), 3 Werner Kruger, 4 Jake Ball, 5 Sam Lousi, 6 Blade Thomson, 7 Josh Macleod, 8 Sione Kalamafoni.
    Replacements: 16 Ryan Elias, 17 Phil Price, 18 Javan Sebastian, 19 Lewis Rawlins, 20 James Davies, 21 Kieran Hardy, 22 Rhys Patchell, 23 Tyler Morgan.

    Unavailable because of injury:

    Liam Williams (foot), Rob Evans (neck), Johnny McNicholl (ankle), Samson Lee (head), Josh Helps (ribs), Daf Hughes (knee), Alex Jeffries (elbow), Tomi Lewis (knee), Steff Thomas (knee), Aaron Shingler.

    Munster:
    Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Damian de Allende, Darren Sweetnam; JJ Hanrahan, Craig Casey;
    James Cronin, Rhys Marshall, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne; Peter O’Mahony (C), Jack O’Donoghue, CJ Stander.

    Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Jeremy Loughman, Stephen Archer, Fineen Wycherley, Gavin Coombes, Neil Cronin, Ben Healy, Rory Scannell.

    Very interesting lineup. Niall Scannell missing out after poor form last season. It's a big game for that back five as it's an area Munster have struggled in and a few youngsters are pushing for spots. The backrow of POM-CJ-JOD is retained and they need a big game as that trio has tended to struggle, though Stander has been in impressive nick since the restart. We do have youth on the bench in the back five with Wycherley and Coombes selected ahead of veterans like Holland and TOD.

    Casey at 9 is a no-brainer. JJ probably keeps Healy out due to it being a tricky away game but Healy is pushing hard. Shane Daly is injured and Sweetnam comes onto the wing. Rory Scannell is preferred as a bench option over a Nash or Coombes.

    It's a tricky game to call. Scarlets are missing a few big names.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,074 ✭✭✭ Boscoirl


    its good to see Healy named on the bench rather going with Scannell as cover.

    Looking forward to seeing what Casey can do from the start, hopefully he'll be allowed inject the pace he brings to the game, and not made box kick incessantly. i dont think i can go through another year of that


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


    The weather forecast is biblical. Casey will likely have a day in the trenches.


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


    Plenty of Jackals in that side.

    Cronin, Beirne, POM and Stander are very good over the ball.

    With the weather conditions it will probably be an arm wrestle with DDA and Farrell running hard lines in midfield

    We probably wont see much expansive gameplay

    Loughman, Whycherley and Coombes offer good impact off the bench

    Delighted to see Sweetnam back playing, a fine player who has had bad luck with injuries lately


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,132 ✭✭✭ lawrencesummers


    Weather is brutal here.
    Good chance of an error strewn 80 mins.


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,190 ✭✭✭ Burkie1203


    Wtf was that from Casey


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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,599 ScrubsfanChris


    Have TG4 intentionally blocked viewing the online player because of Eir?

    Grand on the tv obviously but web and apps are "not available in your region"
    What region? Ireland?

    And before anyone asks, no its not a VPN issue


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


    Ball just going to lie there I guess.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 49,446 CMod ✭✭✭✭ awec


    Was POM genuinely trying to argue he wasn’t off his feet there? :pac:

    He had practically mounted the guy on the ground at one point.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,589 ✭✭✭✭ partyjungle


    awec wrote: »
    Was POM genuinely trying to argue he wasn’t off his feet there? :pac:

    He had practically mounted the guy on the ground at one point.

    He grabbed the guy from the ground then after


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,132 ✭✭✭ lawrencesummers


    Another ref with his own take on the breakdown.
    Rolling away very optional.


    Gonna be a long day of box kicking by the looks of it


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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,190 ✭✭✭ Burkie1203


    awec wrote: »
    Was POM genuinely trying to argue he wasn’t off his feet there? :pac:

    He had practically mounted the guy on the ground at one point.

    Yeah bizarre
    He practically scrambled across the top of the Scarlets player.

    Munster devoid of any creativity so far


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,269 ✭✭✭✭ Clegg


    Munster have been dreadful.

    First meaningful attack they had was box kicked from one metre outside Scarlets 22.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,473 ✭✭✭ budhabob


    Messy display from Munster so far. Gonna be a long day at this rate


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,269 ✭✭✭✭ Clegg


    POM's lack of discipline is telling. Not started the game well at all.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,269 ✭✭✭✭ Clegg


    Feck was that from JOD? Told multiple times by the ref to get ouyr of that maul and instead pulls it down in front of the ref.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 49,446 CMod ✭✭✭✭ awec


    Good grief, pulling the maul down right in front of the ref.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,599 ScrubsfanChris


    Another brain dead penalty


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


    No excuses for JOD, just brainless stuff.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,231 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    Pretty physical contest.

    Munster need the next score though


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,599 ScrubsfanChris


    Talk about taking the long way around


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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,231 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    Scarletts asleep


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,174 ✭✭✭ Dwarf.Shortage


    Absolute J1 rugby try

    Not that it was low quality, clinical by Munster but jaysis was very scrappy.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,269 ✭✭✭✭ Clegg


    Owens made a meal of that block.

    Kleyn is allowed continue his line back too.


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


    Lovely try.

    Not sure how Scarlets claimed the ball in the floor but the tackler deliberately rolled into the direction of the Munster forwards.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,204 ✭✭✭✭ Akrasia


    Great movement all create by Haley's offload in the tackle


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,599 ScrubsfanChris


    Clegg wrote: »
    Owens made a meal of that block.

    Kleyn is allowed continue his line back too.
    Wasn't expecting to see a dive like that until Match of the Day


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,132 ✭✭✭ lawrencesummers


    Scarlets doing a great job of not rolling away at every second breakdown. Won’t be long before someone decides to use the boot if the ref won’t use the whistle.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,204 ✭✭✭✭ Akrasia


    razorblunt wrote: »
    Lovely try.

    Not sure how Scarlets claimed the ball in the floor but the tackler deliberately rolled into the direction of the Munster forwards.

    yeah there were a couple of blatant infringements in that breakdown by the scarlets. Munster are lucky the ref didn't see them


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,132 ✭✭✭ lawrencesummers


    Nothing wrong with that handoff between 8-7 at the scrum.

    This ref is living up to the billing of every PRO14 ref.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,269 ✭✭✭✭ Clegg


    I'd feel a bit aggrieved by that call if I were a Scarlets fan. Didn't look like their 7 was in front of the 8 for that pass.


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