Thursday 22 August 2019

Academy players thriving in B&I Cup

Munster's Rory Scannell
Munster's Rory Scannell

Daragh Small

Munster elite player development officer Colm McMahon believes the B&I Cup presents his Greencore Academy youngsters with the ideal outlet to hone their skills.

Five academy players were involved as Munster 'A' beat Yorkshire Carnegie 15-9 in the B&I Cup last weekend.

Out-half Rory Scannell captained the side while David Johnston and Sean McCarthy were also part of the starting 15. Conor Oliver and Bill Johnston were among the replacements.

"The B&I Cup is a valuable stepping stone between club and Pro12 for our guys and they will be all the better for the experience," said McMahon.

Mick O'Driscoll's side are third in Pool 3 after two games - they lost their opener away to London Scottish at the Athletic Ground.

There was also a massive academy influence there. Dan Goggin came off the bench to score two tries. David Johnston had a 12-point tally, and his brother Bill also kicked a penalty.

"The opening game away to London Scottish was tough going for our lads who played very well in patches, but were unable to finish a number of opportunities that came their way," said McMahon.

"The players no doubt learnt some lessons from their trip to London and brought those lessons to the game against Yorkshire Carnegie in Kinsale.

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"They performed well in matching such a big and physical outfit up-front and to keep Carnegie try-less was no mean feat, especially on a wet and windy night that was more conducive to forward play."

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