Wednesday 13 December 2017

'A' team can get job done -- Malone

Munster 'A' coach Peter Malone
Munster 'A' coach Peter Malone

Declan Rooney

Munster 'A' coach Peter Malone is hoping that his side can build on their good start to their British & Irish Cup campaign and qualify for the knockout stages in the new year.

Malone has led Munster 'A' to three victories from their four games to date in the competition and, with just two games remaining, points difference is all that separates his second-placed side and leaders Plymouth Albion.

Malone is hopeful of reaching the B&I Cup quarter-finals with victories over Nottingham at Corbally on January 10 and Stirling County the following week, but warned there is still plenty of work to do if his side are to get there.

And while he said that progressing from the group stages was top of the 'A' team's agenda, the overall ambition of the squad was to develop players and ensure they are ready to make the step up to Pro12 level when required.

"If you are not in the Heineken Cup squad and in the 'A' squad, this is your only platform to impress Rob Penney, Simon Mannix and Anthony Foley," he said.

"There will be guys going to national camp and there will be guys rested in the weeks to come, so whoever plays then gets the chance to fight for the jersey.

"It's important that they put themselves in the shop window.

"The opportunity just comes and you have to be ready for it.

"It is up to us to have the guys ready for action, so hopefully they can do a job when it's asked of them."

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