Wednesday 21 February 2018

Foley eyes revenge against Warriors

Munster head coach Anthony Foley
Munster head coach Anthony Foley

John Fallon

Anthony Foley has made eight changes as Munster go on a revenge mission with reigning champions Glasgow Warriors this evening (6.00).

It's the first Pro12 match of the season at Thomond Park and Foley wants the Reds to mark it by getting some measure of revenge for the 31-13 loss to the Scots in the final of the competition in May.

Glasgow have won four of the last five meetings between the sides.

The loss in Belfast is, of course, the most fresh and Foley's men, while much changed - as are Glasgow - will not lack incentive.

The Scots have lost 18 players to World Cup duty; they lost their opening game 16-10 at home to Scarlets and were lucky to survive a Connacht fightback, also at Scotstoun, and squeeze home 33-32.

Foley has made four changes in the pack from the team which snatched a late win away to Ospreys last time out.

Duncan Casey and Stephen Archer make their first starts of the season in an all- new front-row alongside James Cronin. CJ Stander starts at No 8, bidding to add to the three tries he has scored already this season.

Duncan Williams and Ian Keatley take the half-back roles, with Tyler Bleyendaal moving to inside-centre.

The promising David Johnston partners him in midfield, and Gerhard van den Heever returns on the left wing.

Munster have not lost at home in ten months; they beat a depleted Glasgow side 22-10 in Cork in February.

Foley has urged his players to avenge their defeat in the final.

"They gave us a good beating in Kingspan Stadium and it's something that we reviewed. The players have been hammered around our preparation, about how we perform, and not making the same mistakes."

Munster are not as badly hit as Glasgow by the World Cup and that should mean a third win in a row.

Verdict: Munster

Munster - F Jones (capt); A Conway, D Johnston, T Bleyendaal, G van den Heever; I Keatley, D Williams; J Cronin, D Casey, S Archer; M Chisholm, D Foley; D O'Callaghan, J O'Donoghue, CJ Stander. Reps: M Sherry, D Kilcoyne, BJ Botha, R Copeland, J Coghlan, C Sheridan, R Scannell, S Monahan.

Glasgow - R Hughes; J Bulumakau, H Blake, F Lyle, L Jones; R Clegg, G Hart; A Allan, P MacArthur, D Rae; R Harley (capt), S Cummings; T Holmes, C Fusaro, A Ashe. Reps: F Scott, J Yanuyanutawa, Z Fagerson, K Low, J Eddie, M Blair, G Hunter, R Fergusson.

Ref - B Whitehouse (WRU)

Munster v Glasgow, Live, Sky Sports, 6.00pm

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