Wednesday 24 January 2018

Classy duo ready to battle for No 10 shirt

Tyler Bleyendaal of Munster
Tyler Bleyendaal of Munster

Any time I see Tyler Bleyendaal play, he has proven to be a class act, and from what I hear off the field as well, in terms of being a leader, he seems to be very strong, writes David Wallace.

Tyler may have missed one penalty against Scarlets but outside of that he kicked really well. That's what you want from your ten.

And he looks like a guy who can distribute the ball accurately, attack the gainline and can manage a game too. But he can also defend well and he will grow with the team.

He had a very well-rounded game and impressed me in Round 1 in tricky conditions. And with Johnny Holland retiring it's a bit of an issue for Munster, so it was good to see Ian Keatley coming on too, and having a really solid game.

He did very well because like all out-halves they get better with game-time. He was faultless when he came on, and his kicking was O'Gara-esque.

So Munster are not in a bad place when it comes to the out-half situation despite the untimely retirement of the very talented Holland.

Waiting in the wings you have a player like Bill Johnston too. He got injured at the Junior World Championships, and once he returns Munster will be in a good place with regards to the No 10 jersey.

Irish Independent

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