Wednesday 18 October 2017

Wood: Young Munster's complaints were valid

Clontarf head coach Andy Wood. Photo: Sportsfile
Clontarf head coach Andy Wood. Photo: Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Clontarf head coach Andy Wood has admitted that Young Munster were hard done by when they were unable to field a full-strength team in their recent AIL semi-final defeat.

The scheduling of the B&I Cup final meant that Young Munster were shorn of several key players which allowed 'Tarf ease their way into Sunday's decider against Cork Con.

The Limerick club voiced their disgust as they tried without success to have their league semi-final switched.

"Young Munster had a valid point, the 29th was a free weekend, Bateman Cup notwithstanding," Wood conceded.

"It (semi-final) was (to be played on that date) but it changed during the season. It was unfortunate, there is no two ways about it."

'Tarf are bidding to win back-to-back titles at the Aviva this weekend and despite the fact that there may not be as much star quality on show compared to last year's final, Wood is expecting new stars to emerge.

Joey Carbery was man of the match for 'Tarf last year, while Darren Sweetnam was outstanding for Con and scored a brilliant try.

"Joe Schmidt was here last year looking at Joey," Wood said.

"It's good for guys from the professional game to come and see how we guys perform and see where it is situated in terms of the professional game.

"It's days like Sunday that count. If we hadn't got here, would people be talking about Joey Carbery? If we hadn't got here would they be talking about the next stand-out performer from Sunday?"

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