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13-09-2018, 12:01   #1
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Munster vs Ospreys, Fri 14 Sep, 7:35pm, Eir Sports

Munster:
Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Sammy Arnold, Dan Goggin, Darren Sweetnam; Joey Carbery, Duncan Williams;
James Cronin, Rhys Marshall, Stephen Archer; Tadhg Beirne, Darren O’Shea; Peter O’Mahony (C), Chris Cloete, Arno Botha.

Replacements: Mike Sherry, Dave Kilcoyne, John Ryan, Jean Kleyn, Tommy O’Donnell, James Hart, Ian Keatley, Jaco Taute.

OSPREYS​​

15 James Hook
14 Tom Williams
13 Joe Thomas
12 Cory Allen
11 Luke Morgan
10 Sam Davies
9 Tom Habberfield

1 Rhodri Jones
2 Scott Baldwin
3 Tom Botha
4 Giorgi Nemsadze
5 Adam Beard
6 Olly Cracknell (Capt)
7 Morgan Morris
8 Sam Cross

REPLACEMENTS

16 Ifan Phillips
17 Nicky Smith
18 Alex Jeffries
19 James Ratti
20 Guido Volpi
21 Matthew Aubrey
22 Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler
23 Hanno Dirksen

Luke Morgan makes his Guinness PRO14 debut
Morgan Morris makes his first PRO14 start
Guido Volpi will make his Ospreys debut if he comes off the bench

The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury:

Lloyd Ashley – Shoulder
Dan Baker – Knee
Gheorghe Gajion – Hamstring
Keelan Giles – Knee
Paul James – Shoulder
Will Jones – Shoulder
Lesley Klim – Hamstring
Rob McCusker – Calf
Sam Parry – Bicep
Luke Price- Fractured tibia
Gareth Thomas – Shoulder
Scott Williams – Hamstring

Chris Cloete and Peter O'Mahony return!

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That's a strong Munster team, they'll have too much for Ospreys. JJ completely out of the frame - feel for him to be honest but not unexpected.

Strong backrow and Beirne get's his first start. Expect a much tighter performance this week.
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Looks like the Ospreys are trying to focus on certain games and this isn't one of them. They've rested all their big names; only 3 players remain from the side that beat the Cheetahs. Shame as this is normally a cracker of a fixture but Munster pack is far too strong for the Ospreys to handle them.
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The line reflects the lineups. Munster are 16 point favourites.

Edit: Now they're 18!
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Now it's 20. They don't wait around.
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Now it's 20. They don't wait around.
Money must've flooded in.
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But it's only the Irish sides that disrespect the competition with second string lineups...
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Ospreys could get battered here
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Ospreys could get battered here
We could get to 99 phases before we turn it over on the try line
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munster -23 now !!!

AWJ must be having his minutes minded
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This makes three consecutive starts at number eight for Arno Botha. POM/Cloete/Stander is the obvious first choice backrow but the bench spot between TOD and Botha is up for grabs.
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munster -23 now !!!

AWJ must be having his minutes minded
Was -10 before the teams were announced. Some movement.
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Looks like the Ospreys are trying to focus on certain games and this isn't one of them. They've rested all their big names; only 3 players remain from the side that beat the Cheetahs. Shame as this is normally a cracker of a fixture but Munster pack is far too strong for the Ospreys to handle them.
Cracker yes but not very competitive in recent years.

2017: 36-10
2017: 23-03
2016: 33-0
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Can't see this being anything but a Munster win...but a tight one...10 points at best... we're off the pace so far, players being eased back into duty and think the bookies are extracting the urine a little with their spread.
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