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Sunday 24 September 2017

Malone wary of 'big task' facing Reds reserves

Munster 'A' coach Peter Malone
Munster 'A' coach Peter Malone
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Munster 'A' head coach Peter Malone will be taking nothing for granted when his side face Nottingham in Limerick tonight (7.30).

A converted try from Ronan O'Mahony in the dying stages of the reverse fixture snatch a one-point win for Munster, and Malone is expecting another tough encounter.

"They have been struggling a bit in the Championship, but sometimes a change of competition can freshen a team up. We have to be very wary of that," he warned.

Munster sit second in Pool 4, level on points with leaders Plymouth Albion. Malone's focus remains on tonight's game, but he knows that they have to monitor Plymouth's progress.

"It's a very tight pool -- we've got a big task on our hands," Malone said. "We've got to be wary of winning our pool and trying to match Plymouth's points difference over the last two games. But we also need to keep an eye on the second-place position in case things don't work out."

Munster will be captained by Barry O'Mahony. His brother Ronan shifts from the wing to full-back.

South African Gerhard van den Heever starts on the left wing, while it's an all-Cork Con half-back partnership of Johnny Holland and Gerry Hurley.

Up front, having recently made his Pro12 debut against Connacht, club player Ger Slattery starts at hooker, while Paddy Butler continues his comeback from injury at No 8.

Verdict: Munster

Munster 'A' -- R O'Mahony; A Conway, I Dineen, D Hurley, G van den Heever; J Holland, G Hurley; A Cotter, G Slattery, J Ryan; I Nagle, D O'Shea; Dave O'Callaghan, B O'Mahony (capt), P Butler. Reps: M Abbott, B Scott, S Buckley, J O'Donoghue, B Haugh, R Scannell, C Bohane.

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