Monday 23 April 2018

Farrell and Taute punch holes and strike fear

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The back-three have lorded it in the opening weeks, and they have rightly received high praise on the back of it, but the unsung heroes have been Jaco Taute and Chris Farrell in the centre.

Munster do well when they have a big powerful centre in there, and when Taute arrived the backline got that bit more incisive throughout the league and Europe.

He offered Munster that bit extra in midfield and now Farrell has done the same thing. The depth is astonishing after his arrival from Grenoble.

It's hard to believe Farrell is only 24, but the Belfast native has a huge presence in the Munster midfield and gives them another line-breaking option in attack. When Munster played Saracens in that ill-fated Champions Cup semi-final last season they failed to break the defensive line, after Saracens flooded the backfield and cut off their options.  

But now they have Farrell, who can take the ball up and just run over players - we saw what he did to James Hook in the second half against Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium last weekend.

Munster have so much depth in there with the kicking options of Rory Scannell and JJ Hanrahan. And even though Dan Goggin is out for an extended period, Sam Arnold is another exciting talent. 

Irish Independent

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