Friday 21 July 2017

THE KEY BATTLE

David Kelly

David Kelly

Tommy Bowe v

Keith Earls

In what may be a preliminary joust for the long-term audition to replace Brian O'Driscoll in the Irish No 13 jersey, this midfield clash of two scintillating talents could prove crucial.

The Ospreys know that they need to score tries and shifting the largely anonymous Bowe infield, where he has had occasional experience in the past, will be a litmus test of their chances.

Earls' defence has stood up to the test in the midfield, although he was physically pressured by the Ospreys back-row last weekend.

The battle between this pair will offer a fascinating subtext, with whoever prevails likely to find themselves on the winning side.

Match betting

Ospreys are 10/11 favourites to prevail by five points, a margin which would ensure that Munster earn a valuable losing bonus point.

Form guide

Munster: WLLWWWWWLW

Ospreys: WLLWLWWLWL

NUMBER

100 Ryan Jones' total of Ospreys caps hits the three-figure mark today.

Irish Independent

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