Thursday 12 December 2019

'A' side face Nottingham test

Ian Costello head coach of Nottingham Rugby. Photo: Sportsfile
Ian Costello head coach of Nottingham Rugby. Photo: Sportsfile

Daragh Small

Reigning champions Munster 'A' are desperate for a win this weekend when they travel to take on Nottingham at Ladybay in the B&I Cup.

It is extremely tight at the top of Pool 1 where Bedford Blues lead the way after three wins from their opening four games, which included a 16-12 defeat at the hands of Munster 'A'.

But their shock 25-14 victory at Irish Independent Park on December 8 ensures they stay two points clear at the top.

Ciaran Parker's try was the difference when those sides met last time out, and it means Munster are still in the hunt, but only fourth of the second-placed teams.

Nottingham are currently sixth in the English Championship standings, but only seven points behind third-placed Yorkshire Carnegie.

Ian Costello's side are out of running in the B&I Cup with just five points from their opening four games, and they lost heavily at Irish Independent Park earlier in the campaign.

Munster 'A' put out a strong selection at the Cork venue on October 20, and young No 8 Evan Mintern touched down twice in an impressive 38-7 win for the hosts.

Brian Scott, Sam Arnold and Sean O'Connor also scored for Munster on the night, while Bill Johnston kicked a penalty and five conversions.

Tiff Eden's conversion of an Oli Evans try was all Nottingham had to show for their efforts and they will be looking for a much stronger showing at home.

Elsewhere in the B&I Cup, Leinster 'A' are clear at the top of Pool 2, while both Ulster 'A' and the Connacht Eagles are also runners-up in their pools with two rounds remaining.

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