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Munster optimistic on ronan injury

Munster back-row Niall Ronan has been given the all clear following an incident from Jake Bell in Sunday night's defeat to Scarlets which prompted an inevitable citing for the Australian, WRITES DAVID KELLY.

Ronan was kept overnight in Cork University Hospital pending further medical examination yesterday and he tweeted last night : "Got the all clear this afternoon . Thanks for all the messages."

Ronan was stretchered off in the 35th minute of the 13-6 defeat at Musgrave Park with a head/neck injury but initial X-rays had proved positive.

Ronan, who has been afflicted by a slew of injuries in recent times, had just returned to action following a two-month absence with groin trouble.

Munster coach Rob Penney was left to rue a host of missed chances as his side succumbed to Simon Easterby's side at a rain-lashed Musgrave Park.

"In those conditions, when the opportunities arise, you've got to take them," said the Kiwi. "We probably had two clear try-scoring opportunities in the first half that we didn't nail.

"We got a bit frustrated at scrum time and we lost our way a little bit there and that really cost us too."

Penney was heartened by the display of new South African back-row recruit CJ Stander, who was hastened into action following the sickening injury to Ronan.

"He did well. At times it was hard to identify who was doing what and to whom.

"But he contributed a great deal to the effort and I thought there was some good endeavour going into those terrible conditions in the second half."

Irish Independent