Wednesday 13 December 2017

Do-or-die for B&I Cup hopes in Midleton showdown

Munster assistant coach Mick O'Driscoll Photo: Sportsfile
Munster assistant coach Mick O'Driscoll Photo: Sportsfile

Daragh Small

Munster A coach Mick O'Driscoll says it's win or bust for both sides as his team clash with London Scottish in their final B&I Cup Pool 3 tie at Midleton RFC tomorrow (2.0).

Munster still sit in second place in the pool after they lost 43-29 away to Yorkshire Carnegie last time out. And they now need a win to ensure qualification for the next phase of the competition.

Carnegie are five points clear at the top, with London Scottish one point behind Munster in third.

Scottish are struggling in the English Championship, where they are tenth after 13 games, 19 points behind Carnegie.

But they beat Munster 27-25 in the opening game of the campaign on November 13 and O'Driscoll knows his side face a tough task.

"This weekend is a must-win game for us up against a London Scottish side that are also looking for a quarter-final spot, and it will be two sides going at it fairly hard," he said.

"They are a very good side, another big English Championship side, so a key thing for us will be to hold on to the ball and play some open rugby.

"It's going to be a tough game with it all to play for.

"Against Yorkshire Carnegie we should have probably come away with two bonus points but only came away with one."

Irish Independent

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