Sunday 25 September 2016

Scannell desperate to reach play-offs and chase glory with province

Daragh Small

Published 11/03/2016 | 02:30

Rory Scannell. Photo: Sportsfile
Rory Scannell. Photo: Sportsfile

Munster and Cork youngster Rory Scannell has blossomed this season and he is excited about the competitive end to the season in the Pro12 as Anthony Foley's squad push to secure Champions Cup rugby, and a potential play-off.

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The 22-year-old has been one of the success stories of Munster's season having come through the Greencore academy before breaking into the first team. He only registered three appearances last term but this season he already has 20 caps for the province.

He has been a mainstay in the Munster midfield of late, playing at inside centre with Francis Saili often donning the No 13 jersey. And they have been tasked with spearheading the Munster revival in recent weeks.

Scannell out-shone his two-time All-Black colleague last weekend as Munster scored a valuable bonus-point win over Dragons. And the Dolphin clubman also dotted down a try. Meanwhile, Munster are fifth in the Pro12 standings, four points behind fourth-placed Ulster. But Munster have a game in hand against three of the top four - Leinster being the exception.

Munster play their game in hand away to Cardiff Blues next weekend, and Scannell thinks it's vital to keep piling on the pressure on the sides above them.

"We are just taking it week by week at the minute, trying to get into that top six and push on for that top four for the play-offs. Every game now is pretty much a cup final," he said.

"The top six or seven teams are so tight up there. And only a certain amount can get into Europe, and obviously the top four in the play-offs. We are just taking it week by week. Hopefully we can push further up the table."

Irish Independent

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