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Connacht vs Munster, Sat 9th Jan 7:35pm, Eir/TG4

  • 08-01-2021 12:56pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    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.

    Some odd selections by Munster. No Kilcoyne, Conway or John Ryan in the 23. Billy Holland on the bench when there are plenty backrow players available.
    Craig Casey is also absent but he probably has more minutes than most this season.


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


    Connacht:
    15. John Porch (28)
    14. Ben O’Donnell (1)
    13. Sammy Arnold (11)
    12. Tom Daly (35)
    11. Alex Wootton (10)
    10. Jack Carty (148)
    9. Caolin Blade (119)
    1. Denis Buckley (189)
    2. Shane Delahunt (87)
    3. Finlay Bealham (147)
    4. Ultan Dillane (105)
    5. Quinn Roux (105) (C)
    6. Sean O’Brien (58)
    7. Conor Oliver (11)
    8. Sean Masterson (8)

    Replacements
    16. Dave Heffernan (135
    17. Matthew Burke (17)
    18. Dominic Robertson-McCoy (59)
    19. Gavin Thornbury (47)
    20. Paul Boyle (47)
    21. Kieran Marmion (173)
    22. Diarmuid Kilgallen (2)
    23. Peter Sullivan (6)


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


    Two really strong teams, Could be a great game weather permitting

    Shame we wont see Aki vs DDA though


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,855 ✭✭✭ Wegians89


    yerrahbah wrote: »
    Two really strong teams, Could be a great game weather permitting

    Shame we wont see Aki vs DDA though

    Daly vs DDA looks spicier tbh


  • Registered Users Posts: 627 ✭✭✭ SqueakyKneecap


    After last weekend this is honestly the first match since covid stopped fans attending that I'm really looking forward to.

    Really strong Munster team but confidence will be very high after last week.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,855 ✭✭✭ Wegians89


    John Porch > Mike Haley
    Ben o Donnell < Keith Earls
    Sam Arnold < Chris Farrell
    Tom Daly < Damian de Allende
    Alex Wootton > Shane Daly
    Jack Carty > JJ Hanrahan
    Caolin Blade > Conor Murray
    Denis Buckley > James Cronin
    Shane Delahunt > Kevin O’Byrne
    Finlay Bealham > Stephen Archer
    Ultan Dillane > Jean Kleyn
    Quinn Roux > Tadhg Beirne
    Sob < Gavin Coombes
    Conor Oliver < Peter O’Mahony
    Sean masterson < CJ Stander


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,013 ✭✭✭ irelandrover


    I disagree with a few

    John Porch = Mike Haley
    Ben o Donnell < Keith Earls
    Sam Arnold < Chris Farrell
    Tom Daly < Damian de Allende
    Alex Wootton = Shane Daly
    Jack Carty > JJ Hanrahan
    Caolin Blade < Conor Murray
    Denis Buckley = James Cronin
    Shane Delahunt > Kevin O’Byrne
    Finlay Bealham > Stephen Archer
    Ultan Dillane > Jean Kleyn
    Quinn Roux < Tadhg Beirne
    Sob < Gavin Coombes
    Conor Oliver < Peter O’Mahony
    Sean masterson < CJ Stander


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,076 ✭✭✭ ionadnapokot


    Wegians89 wrote: »
    John Porch > Mike Haley
    Ben o Donnell < Keith Earls
    Sam Arnold < Chris Farrell
    Tom Daly < Damian de Allende
    Alex Wootton > Shane Daly
    Jack Carty > JJ Hanrahan
    Caolin Blade > Conor Murray
    Denis Buckley > James Cronin
    Shane Delahunt > Kevin O’Byrne
    Finlay Bealham > Stephen Archer
    Ultan Dillane > Jean Kleyn
    Quinn Roux > Tadhg Beirne
    Sob < Gavin Coombes
    Conor Oliver < Peter O’Mahony
    Sean masterson < CJ Stander

    Really looking to seeing Ben O'Donnell. Would have been interesting to gauge him against Earls.

    Centre battle should be fascinating.
    Arnold back to his 2018 form?


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,855 ✭✭✭ Wegians89


    Really looking to seeing Ben O'Donnell. Would have been interesting to gauge him against Earls.

    Centre battle should be fascinating.
    Arnold back to his 2018 form?

    Centre battle will be very close. The Munster players are better but the form the Connacht pair are in could swing things in their favour


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,622 ✭✭✭✭ phog


    Both teams need to win this one which is great for the league and great to see near full strength selections. Hopefully the man in the middle (Frank Murphy) wont be an influencer.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,323 ✭✭✭ sprucemoose


    Wegians89 wrote: »
    Quinn Roux > Tadhg Beirne

    joking right?


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


    phog wrote: »
    Both teams need to win this one which is great for the league and great to see near full strength selections. Hopefully the man in the middle (Frank Murphy) wont be an influencer.

    If Munster win we can blame his Munster Bias as he's a Munster ref, and if Connacht win ye can blame his Connacht bias as he played here so long


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


    Wegians89 wrote: »
    John Porch > Mike Haley
    Ben o Donnell < Keith Earls
    Sam Arnold < Chris Farrell
    Tom Daly < Damian de Allende
    Alex Wootton < Shane Daly
    Jack Carty > JJ Hanrahan
    Caolin Blade < Conor Murray
    Denis Buckley > James Cronin
    Shane Delahunt < Kevin O’Byrne
    Finlay Bealham > Stephen Archer
    Ultan Dillane < Tadhg Beirne
    Quinn Roux > Jean Kleyn

    Sob < Gavin Coombes
    Conor Oliver < Peter O’Mahony
    Sean masterson < CJ Stander

    That would be my take on it. I think it makes more sense to compare Dillane with Bierne and Roux with Klyne


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,855 ✭✭✭ Wegians89


    joking right?

    Absolutely not. Recent irish selection will back that up. Beirne is the type second row you think you want, roux is the type of second row you need.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,855 ✭✭✭ Wegians89


    Tomtom364 wrote: »
    That would be my take on it. I think it makes more sense to compare Dillane with Bierne and Roux with Klyne

    Agree that they’re better to compare stylistically but think Dillane in current form comes out on top of Beirne too


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,648 ✭✭✭ aloooof


    This could be a good one. Probably the most I've looked forward to a round of interpro's in awhile.


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


    aloooof wrote: »
    This could be a good one. Probably the most I've looked forward to a round of interpro's in awhile.

    Really looking forward to it too. Hopefully theres a little niggle and an exciting game.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,323 ✭✭✭ sprucemoose


    Wegians89 wrote: »
    Absolutely not. Recent irish selection will back that up. Beirne is the type second row you think you want, roux is the type of second row you need.

    roux is the type of 2nd row we think we need but don't, beirne is the type of 2nd row we need
    Wegians89 wrote: »
    Agree that they’re better to compare stylistically but think Dillane in current form comes out on top of Beirne too
    ah now, dillane is very good in fairness and deserves more recognition but beirne has been immense in the european games


  • Subscribers Posts: 36,237 ✭✭✭✭ sydthebeat


    munster will win this by about 9


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,076 ✭✭✭ ionadnapokot


    FACECUTTR wrote: »
    Really looking forward to it too. Hopefully theres a little niggle and an exciting game.


    Munster v Leinster in 2018 was the last decent inter-pro with a good bit of rivalry.
    Crowd also made it a great spectacle that night.
    I remember Sexton lost the head. Looking back now i think it was also the beginning of his steep decline.

    Still think on balance it's better if the IRFU do not rest players for the inter-pro's.

    A calendar shift for the 21-22 Pro16 would benefit the provinces, the national side & the league.
    The young lads can travel to Llanelli or wherever (maybe not SA!) over the Christmas & the auld lads can stay at home and change the nappies.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,648 ✭✭✭ aloooof


    Murray K reporting a niggle kept Killer out:

    https://twitter.com/Murray_Kinsella/status/1347593313424175107


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


    Murray Kinsella reporting that Kilcoyne was unavailable due to a niggle.


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


    What’s the story with Conway?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,705 ✭✭✭ The Inbetween is mine


    Bridge93 wrote: »
    What’s the story with Conway?

    Mixture of personal matter and possible injury


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


    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.

    Some odd selections by Munster. No Kilcoyne, Conway or John Ryan in the 23. Billy Holland on the bench when there are plenty backrow players available.
    Craig Casey is also absent but he probably has more minutes than most this season.
    Beirne to move to back row if injury happens? Bully hasnt played back row in while but can cover there. dont see casey not playing as any issue. has played a lot as you say and he'll have next 2 weekends to play in
    phog wrote: »
    Both teams need to win this one which is great for the league and great to see near full strength selections. Hopefully the man in the middle (Frank Murphy) wont be an influencer.
    Why even mention that in the first place. Majority of games the officials are not.
    sydthebeat wrote: »
    munster will win this by about 9
    Hopefully as have them backed minus 9....
    Munster v Leinster in 2018 was the last decent inter-pro with a good bit of rivalry.
    Crowd also made it a great spectacle that night.
    I remember Sexton lost the head. Looking back now i think it was also the beginning of his steep decline.

    Still think on balance it's better if the IRFU do not rest players for the inter-pro's.

    A calendar shift for the 21-22 Pro16 would benefit the provinces, the national side & the league.
    The young lads can travel to Llanelli or wherever (maybe not SA!) over the Christmas & the auld lads can stay at home and change the nappies.
    christmas time is best for getting crowds to non european games and with a multi nation league you dont want teams travelling internationally at this time of year so you need the interpro games around now.


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


    Can't you skip a line after quotes TLS. It's difficult to read your posts.


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


    Can't you skip a line after quotes TLS. It's difficult to read your posts.
    Looks fine to me. its same as spruce moose post but ive quoted 4 posts not 2.

    You say there is plenty backrow players available. Lots of reasons that isnt case. covid etc.
    As i said already Tadhg Beirne has lot of experience in back row and Billy, while not recently, has played a lot at 6, is it really an issue?


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


    Looks fine to me. its same as spruce moose post but ive quoted 4 posts not 2.

    You say there is plenty backrow players available. Lots of reasons that isnt case. covid etc.
    As i said already Tadhg Beirne has lot of experience in back row and Billy, while not recently, has played a lot at 6, is it really an issue?

    Maybe it's just on the touch site but your quotes and replies don't have a row separating them.

    There has been no announcements of close contacts or cases so that's good news. Tadhg Beirne can play at 6 as we know but with Snyman out he'll be at lock for the season. I'm just surprised Holland is selected. Is it an issue? No.


  • Registered Users Posts: 236 ✭✭ Kerry_2008


    Looking forward to see how JJ goes after his recent good form. Ditto carry after last week


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,648 ✭✭✭ aloooof


    Looks fine to me. its same as spruce moose post but ive quoted 4 posts not 2.

    You say there is plenty backrow players available. Lots of reasons that isnt case. covid etc.
    As i said already Tadhg Beirne has lot of experience in back row and Billy, while not recently, has played a lot at 6, is it really an issue?

    Wycherly has filled in a lot at 6 as well, so I'd imagine he'd go to 6 ahead of Holland if it came to it.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,708 ✭✭✭ b.gud


    Fans of both teams may have differing opinions on a lot of things about the game tonight. But I think one thing we can all agree on is please God don't let Liam Toland be on comms for the match


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