Wednesday 21 August 2019

Ennis RFC host B&I Cup clash

Ireland international prop James Cronin touched down twice, Vincent O'Brien scored two tries as well (Stock picture)
Ireland international prop James Cronin touched down twice, Vincent O'Brien scored two tries as well (Stock picture)

Declan Rooney

Peter Malone's Munster 'A' team will hope to put together back to back wins against English Championship outfit Rotherham Titans this Sunday when they welcome Justin Burnell's side to Ennis RFC at 2pm.

The good form of the Munster seniors appears to have fed into the British and Irish Cup team and they impressed last weekend to claim their first win of the season in the competition - and claimed a bonus point along the way.

And Malone's second-string team are now leaders of Pool 2 after that 35-24 victory over Rotherham Titans at Clifton Lane.

Ireland international prop James Cronin touched down twice, Vincent O'Brien scored two tries as well, while Te Aihe Toma was also amongst the tries, and Bill Johnston kicked five conversions in an impressive victory.

It was Munster 'A's first victory of the competition, and after London Welsh's disqualification from the pool following their liquidation, the team will only have another two games to play in the competition this season.

London Welsh were top of their group at the time - they defeated Munster 'A' in the earlier rounds - but the results of their first two matches in Pool 2 have been wiped out, and Munster 'A' now replace them as pool leaders.

Last Saturday's match against Doncaster Knights was cancelled after last Thursday's liquidation, therefore this weekend's clash with Rotherham will be a huge game for both sides with defeat likely to end their chances of qualification through to the next phase.

Malone is unlikely to make too many changes for this game, with Rassie Erasmus' side getting a clean bill of health after their Champions Cup win over Leicester Tigers.

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