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Carbery flexibility pleases Van Graan


Johann van Graan. Photo: Sportsfile

Johann van Graan. Photo: Sportsfile


Johann van Graan. Photo: Sportsfile

Munster coach Johann van Graan was pleased to see Joey Carbery and Tyler Bleyendaal link well together against Connacht and insists he is keen to operate with two playmakers in his backline.

The introduction of Bleyendaal after an hour saw Carbery switch from his starting berth of out-half into the full-back position. The Ireland international scored the game's clinching try from the No 15 slot and the coach says he is happy to see his ability to double-job.

"Look, Joey came here as a fly-half and we got him as a fly-half so that's his number one position. I like to have two 10s on the field, whether it's at 10 and 12 or 10 and 15 and that's why we got Mike Haley, who is similar to Zeebs [Simon Zebo] when he comes into that first and second receiver role," said Van Graan.

"So, it's fantastic to have that quality of Joey and Tyler alongside each other and I think their try was a good example of it. Earlier in the season when Joey came from the bench we moved to JJ (Hanrahan) to 15 so it's great to have those options around.

"There's certain decision-makers in a game in my opinion that makes teams tick and 10 and 15 are two of those and the fact we might have Rory (Scannell) back this week as well if he's selected and then 10, 12 and 15, if we end up that way, it's brilliant."

Irish Independent