Tuesday 24 April 2018

David Wallace: Big three at the back will be key leaders

Munster's Keith Earls. Photo: Sportsfile
Munster's Keith Earls. Photo: Sportsfile

David Wallace

It's fantastic to see Keith Earls and Simon Zebo back on form coming into the run-in, where every game is a must-win, writes David Wallace. They are two of the main leaders in the backline, and they were superb in the win over Zebre last weekend.

Zebo got the two tries, but he tormented the Italians all day, and he is the guy with that X-factor that everyone talks about. On his day he can be untouchable and hopefully that game will fill him with lots of confidence for the run-in.

If he is on form and scoring tries the guys around him will respond, and that will be vital this weekend when Munster come up against Leinster's international-class defence.

Similarly, Earls has always possessed that game-changing ability and he showed what he could do in glimpses.

Along with Conor Murray, those guys will have to lead the backline in the final few games. And if that trio perform, Munster could find themselves in a Pro12 play-off position.

It's going to be so tight in the coming matches, and this weekend against Leinster it could come down to one or two pieces of brilliance. Hopefully they will be from someone in a Munster jersey.

Irish Independent

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