Saturday 10 December 2016

Classy duo ready to battle for No 10 shirt

Published 09/09/2016 | 02:30

Tyler Bleyendaal of Munster
Tyler Bleyendaal of Munster

Any time I see Tyler Bleyendaal play, he has proven to be a class act, and from what I hear off the field as well, in terms of being a leader, he seems to be very strong, writes David Wallace.

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Tyler may have missed one penalty against Scarlets but outside of that he kicked really well. That's what you want from your ten.

And he looks like a guy who can distribute the ball accurately, attack the gainline and can manage a game too. But he can also defend well and he will grow with the team.

He had a very well-rounded game and impressed me in Round 1 in tricky conditions. And with Johnny Holland retiring it's a bit of an issue for Munster, so it was good to see Ian Keatley coming on too, and having a really solid game.

He did very well because like all out-halves they get better with game-time. He was faultless when he came on, and his kicking was O'Gara-esque.

So Munster are not in a bad place when it comes to the out-half situation despite the untimely retirement of the very talented Holland.

Waiting in the wings you have a player like Bill Johnston too. He got injured at the Junior World Championships, and once he returns Munster will be in a good place with regards to the No 10 jersey.

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