Thursday 17 August 2017

Ulster 'A' visit Cork for B&I Cup derby

Munster 'A' coach Colm McMahon:
Munster 'A' coach Colm McMahon: "Ulster 'A' will travel here with no fear and will be disappointed not to have secured their own home quarter-final on the last day of pool action" (stock picture)

Declan Rooney

Munster 'A' will hope to reach a first B&I Cup semi-final since 2012-13 when they face Ulster 'A' at Irish Independent Park this Sunday.

Unbeaten so far in this year's competition, Munster 'A' have thrived in the B&I Cup as Peter Malone took the chance to look over some up-and-coming talent, while affording some senior squad members the chance to gain some much needed game-time.

Facing inter-pro rivals Ulster 'A' in the last-eight tie adds some extra spice to the fixture, but according to forwards' coach, Colm McMahon, he expects to see an experienced Ulster side make the trip south.

"Ulster 'A' will travel here with no fear and will be disappointed not to have secured their own home quarter-final on the last day of pool action," said McMahon.

"The likes of Darren Cave and Craig Gilroy have featured for Ulster 'A' in the current campaign and no doubt they will pose a massive threat in attack.

"But that will be a good test of our guys. We've had a good mix of young backs coming in and out of the team in recent games and to face a backline as exciting as Ulster's will be an upward learning curve for them. Hopefully we'll have a good crowd out to support our lads on the day."

Wins over Doncaster Knights and Rotherham Titans at home and away meant Munster 'A' entered the knockout stages as top seeds. The loss of London Welsh - who went into liquidation - from Munster 'A's pool was a blow to preparation, but the four wins was enough to seal their progression.

Kick-off on Sunday is at 3pm in Irish Independent Park, with free admission for all MRSC members and ten-year ticket holders. General admission tickets can be purchased online, at Munster Rugby ticket offices, or at the ground on match-day priced €10 for adults, €8 for OAPs, and €3 for juniors.

Irish Independent

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