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Sunday 30 April 2017

Munster at their limits

Brendan Fanning

Brendan Fanning

It's unlikely anyone will be watching but both Munster and Ulster will be on Magners League duty this afternoon. Munster, who are away to Benetton Treviso, will take with them a record of being unbeaten in their last four league games. Between injuries and international demands they have mostly the second string, or less, on duty, including Academy players Simon Zebo, Cathal Sheridan and Conor Murray.

Ulster are not as badly stuck for their trip to Ospreys where the home team are giving their youngsters a run. Forwards coach Jonathan Humphreys is upbeat about their chances.

"There'll be a reliance on a lot of these younger players over the next four Magners League games," he says. "These boys have got to continue fronting up. We are targeting becoming the first team to retain the Magners. We need the likes of Tom Prydie, Hanno Dirksen, Rhys Webb, Craig Cross, James King and Justin Tipuric who are involved on Sunday to really step up."

Benetton Treviso: B Williams; L Nitoglia, E Galon, A Pratichetti, M Sepe, W de Waal; T Botes, M Rizzo; F Sbaraglini, L Cittadini, A Pavanello, C van Zyl, B Vermaak, G Padro, M Filippucci. Reps: E Ceccato, M Muccignat, P di Santo, I Fernandez-Rouyet, E Pavanello, T Benvenuti, B de Jager, A Marcato.

Munster: S Deasy, D Howlett, T Gleeson, L Mafi, S Zebo, P Warwick, D Williams, Dar. Hurley, D Varley, S Archer; I Nagle, D Foley; B Holland, T O'Donnell, J Coughlan. Reps: M Sherry, W du Preez, P Borlase, M O'Driscoll, D Ryan, C Sheridan, S Tuitupou, D Hurley.

Ospreys: R Fussell; T Prydie, S Parker, A Beck, H Dirksen; D Biggar, R Webb; D Jones, H Bennett, C Griffiths, I Gough, I Evans, T Smith, J Collins (capt), M Holah. Reps: M Davies, R Bevington, C Cross, J King, J Tipuric, J Nutbrown, G Owen, T Isaacs

Ulster: A Darcy; C Gilroy, N Spence, I Whitten, S Danielli; I Humphreys, R Pienaar; B Young, Ni Brady, D Fitzpatrick, J Muller (capt), T Barker, C Henry, P Wannenburg, W Faloon,. Reps: A Kyriacou, J Cronin, A Whitten, R Caldwell, TJ Anderson, P Marshall, L Marshall, D McIlwaine.

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