Saturday 21 April 2018

Munster sweating over O'Gara fitness for must-win clash

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

MUNSTER are facing an anxious wait to discover the extent of the injury that forced Ronan O'Gara out of the defeat to Racing Metro.

The out-half limped out of the Paris clash after just 34 minutes with a damaged hamstring and he is a doubt for Saturday's Pool 1 home clash with Edinburgh.

"It was serious enough to come off, obviously," Munster coach Rob Penney said afterwards. "It will be significant, but I don't know how significant yet."

Should O'Gara (right) miss the clash, Ian Keatley would be in line to replace him at pivot, with Denis Hurley likely to start at full-back, having replaced O'Gara against Racing. There was some good news for Penney after Paul O'Connell reported no ill-effects after playing more than an hour.

The Ireland lock was sidelined for five months with a knee injury but came through his 64 minutes unscathed. Ulster are the first of the Irish provinces in action this weekend as they travel to Scotland to face Glasgow on Friday night.

On Saturday, Connacht welcome Harlequins to the Sportsground, where they will be looking to repeat last year's victory over Conor O'Shea's men, while Leinster take on Simon Easterby's Scarlets in Wales.

Irish Independent

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