Monday 19 March 2018

Costello urges focus ahead of must-win clash

Donnchadh Boyle British and irish Cup

MUNSTER 'A' coach Ian Costello believes his side need two wins from their remaining two matches to progress in the competition, starting with today's visit of Ayr to Tralee.

"We're lucky we've been able to work with the same core players all along," Costello said.

"The unfortunate part of an away Heineken Cup weekend is that the seniors bring three players in reserve, so that takes three players out of the squad that we may have had if playing at home in the Heineken Cup. But having said that, we've a lot of depth.

"We've a quality bench as well as a quality side, and we're very happy with the strength we have."

Munster dominated large parts of their game against the Cornish Pirates but ended up being defeated. However, Costello was satisfied with the performance.

"We were happy with our performance against Pirates but we were a bit unlucky towards the end, we should have put the game beyond doubt earlier, so it's our own fault that we're at this stage.

"We'd a good performance against Neath and an extra week together so we'd hope for an even more improved performance on Saturday.

"Ayr are one of the most competitive Scottish sides every year. They had a very good win against Plymouth, who are a good championship side.

"We've to focus very much on ourselves, making sure we just improve on the past performances."

Duncan Williams starts at scrum-half alongside Declan Cusack in a side that is skippered by Billy Holland in the back-row.

Verdict: Munster

Munster -- S Scanlon; L O'Dea, T Gleeson, JJ Hanrahan, R O'Mahony; D Cusack, D Williams; D Kilcoyne, D Casey, C Condon; D Foley, I Nagle; B Holland, T O'Donnell, P Butler. Reps: J Rael, P Borlase, D O'Callaghan, B O'Hara, C Sheridan, C Bohane, C Hircock.

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