Sunday 30 April 2017

Williams thrilled with Scannell debut

Munster scrum-half Duncan Williams. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Munster scrum-half Duncan Williams. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Munster scrum-half Duncan Williams says seeing his fellow Corkonian Niall Scannell making the breakthrough for Ireland last weekend has given a lift to the whole Munster squad.

Williams has been one of Munster's leading lights this season, and his much-improved form has seen him rewarded with a two-year contract extension, which was announced last week.

To date the Cork Con club man has started ten Munster games this season and has forged a solid relationship with Tyler Bleyendaal in Conor Murray's absence due to Ireland duty.

Last weekend eight Munster players represented Joe Schmidt's side in their comprehensive win over Italy - five of the tries came from Munster players - but it was Scannell's first cap that resonated with Williams and his provincial team-mates.

"I think it is great for Niall and for Munster to show that when we are playing well, opportunity will come," said Williams.

"Niall would have played some games last season but was never consistently number one for Munster, he would be a few weeks in and a few weeks out.

"It goes to show what a consistent number of games can do for you. He works very hard, so I think he would have fitted in seamlessly."

Barring injury, Williams is certain to break the 25 appearance mark for Munster this season, and tomorrow against Ospreys will be one of the toughest tests of the season.

"It will a tough game, but hopefully an entertaining one," he said. "We are scoring a lot of points too which is always a good sign."

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