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Friday 22 September 2017

We must sink Plymouth to keep our hopes alive -- Malone

Declan Rooney

Munster 'A' coach Peter Malone (right) is determined to see his side return to winning ways tonight (7.30) as Waterford's RSC rolls out the welcome mat.

Last week's 17-7 defeat to Plymouth Albion has seen Munster slide four points behind the Cornwall men in the B&I Cup standings, but Malone hopes to see a marked improvement from his troops in their return tussle with Albion.

"We were very disappointed. Credit to them, they fronted up and showed a great deal of want and hunger. I just don't think we matched it," he said.

"It's a must win, absolutely. They are on 13 points and we are on nine and if we don't win, it puts us on the back foot. Then you are relying on other people doing you favours. I think realistically it won't be feasible if we lose.

"We need to get the basics right. Defence, not letting them over the gain line, then we can bring our own pattern of play into it. Nothing else can happen unless we get defence and contact right," he said.

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A sizeable crowd is expected at the RSC tonight and a repeat of the estimated 4,000 that packed into the ground for the visit of Nottingham in 2010, to see a side including future internationals Conor Murray, Dave Kilcoyne, Mike Sherry, Stephen Archer and Peter O'Mahony, would be a huge boost to the team.

"Listen, I got great feedback when we were down there when we played Nottingham. There was 3,500 or 4,000 there. The surface is excellent and there is a nice stadium atmosphere there. We are looking forward to it," insisted Malone.

"I actually enjoy those trips away, Bandon was great, the Leinster game was cancelled, but we were looking forward to Clonmel. You get to see a bit of the province and you are bringing the game to parts of the province that don't get high profile rugby.

"Generally we try to go to Waterford once a year, but the sports ground was being redeveloped last year so we didn't get down there, so there is a bit of a novelty about it."

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