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Saturday 21 October 2017

Malone predicts Reds 'backlash'

11 September 2013; Munster A head coach Peter Malone. 'A' Interprovincial, Munster A v Connacht Eagles, Musgrave Park, Cork. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
11 September 2013; Munster A head coach Peter Malone. 'A' Interprovincial, Munster A v Connacht Eagles, Musgrave Park, Cork. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Cian Treacy

Munster 'A' have made seven changes to their side for the return clash with Plymouth Albion in Waterford tonight (7.30) in what head coach Peter Malone describes as a "must-win" game.

Malone is boosted by the availability CJ Stander and Billy Holland, who were both involved in the Heineken Cup game against Perpignan.

Munster's 10-point loss at Brickfields last weekend denied them a losing bonus-point and Malone is demanding more from his side tonight.

"There should be a bit of a backlash from us -- we're capable of putting in a much better performance," he said.

"If they win, it really puts us on the back foot. We'd be relying on other sides doing you favours and realistically that isn't feasible."

Munster are captained by Niall Scannell, who starts at hooker. A formidable looking back-row is made up of Dave O'Callaghan, Barry O'Mahony and Stander.

Conor Murray's injury means that Duncan Williams is promoted to the senior side, which allows Gerry Hurley to start at scrum-half. Outside of him, Ronan O'Mahony and Darren Sweetnam will provide plenty of pace.

Verdict: Munster

Munster 'A' -- R O'Mahony; D Sweetnam, C Bohane, N Kenneally, A Wootton; J Holland, G Hurley; A Cotter, N Scannell (capt), J Ryan; I Nagle, B Holland; D O'Callaghan, B O'Mahony, CJ Stander. Reps: M Abbott, B Scott, D O'Shea, S Buckley, B Haugh, D Goggin, R Scannell.

Plymouth Albion -- B Woods; L Warner, H Stevens, P Nonu, J Davies; D Mugford, R Cushion; T Harrison, M Crumpton, L Fairbrother; D Williams, R Graham; H Stupple, S Matavesi, R Oakley (capt). Reps: G Evans, B Rogers, D Morton, R Langley, D Cusack, T Howley-Berridge, C Elder.

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