Friday 21 July 2017

Scannell wary of Ospreys

Munster v Ospreys, Live, TG4, 7.35

Munster's Rassie Erasmus on forthcoming opponents Ospreys: “They’re in great form and they will certainly be coming to Cork looking to back up the win they got over here last year.
Munster's Rassie Erasmus on forthcoming opponents Ospreys: “They’re in great form and they will certainly be coming to Cork looking to back up the win they got over here last year." Picture: Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Munster backed up their emotionally charged victory over Glasgow with a precious win in Belfast last week, and as they return to Irish Independent Park for the second time this season, their task doesn't get any easier with a high-flying Ospreys side arriving in Cork.

Rassie Erasmus will have been expecting to be without several of his international contingent, and will have viewed Peter O'Mahony's availability as a bonus.

Ospreys are without 12 Welsh internationals but in winger Keelan Giles, they have one of the most exciting prospects in the Pro12.

Erasmus' game-plan has largely been effective, and central to that has been Rory Scannell. The 22-year old was the match-winner against Ulster with a nerveless late drop-goal and he has warned that his side face another stern test.

"They're in great form and they will certainly be coming to Cork looking to back up the win they got over here last year. They're a great attacking team and they have great strength in depth as well," Scannell said.

Verdict: Munster

Munster - A Conway; D Sweetnam, J Taute, R Scannell, R O'Mahony; T Bleyendaal, D Williams D Kilcoyne, N Scannell, S Archer; D O'Shea, R Copeland; P O'Mahony (capt), T O'Donnell, J O'Donoghue. Reps: R Marshall, P McCabe, B Scott, J Madigan, C Oliver, A Griesel, I Keatley, A Wootton.

Ospreys - D Evans; K Giles, B John, A Beck, E Walker; J Matevasi, T Habberfield (capt); P James, S Parry, D Arhip; L Ashley, A Beard; R McCusker, O Cracknell, J Bearman. Reps: H Gustafson, G Thomas, M Fia, R Jones, S Otten, B Leonard, J Spratt, D Howells.

Ref - M Mitrea (FIR)

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