Sunday 15 September 2019

Hanrahan and Hart put their hands up with Ospreys scalp

Ospreys Prem Selection 6 Munster A 24

Munsters A's JJ Hanrahan impressed at St Helen’s. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Munsters A's JJ Hanrahan impressed at St Helen’s. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile Sportsdesk

JJ Hanrahan and James Hart put their hands up for inclusion in the senior Munster set-up with commanding performances as reigning champions Munster A got the defence of their British & Irish Cup title off to a winning start at St Helen's.

The home side had led 6-3 at the end of a try-less first half, but the power of the Munster pack, and the cultured boot of scrum-half Hart, kept the visitors on the front foot throughout the second 40 and helped them to score three tries.

"JJ was playing against Leinster last week and he came down and gave his all," said Munster A head coach Peter Malone. "His try-saving tackle in the first half was just part of the big game he had for us.

"They want him to get game time playing at No 10 and this is the best thing for him at the moment. The fact that players like JJ and Mick Sherry come down and throw themselves into games like this shows the culture that exists at Munster."

Phil Jones kicked two of his three penalty shots in the first half and Hanrahan was on target with one of his two. The Munster outside half also pulled down Jones inches short to save what looked like a certain try.

In the second half hooker Kevin O'Byrne and flanker Gavin Coombes smashed their way over from close range. Replacement prop John Poland added a third three minutes from time.

Ospreys Prem Select XV: D Howells (D Moss 41, C Evans 59); T Williams, J Thomas, K Williams, J Baker (D Moss 20-23); P Jones, M Aubrey (R Morgan-Williams 54); R Jenkins (H Gustafson 60), I Phillips, R Henry (M Walsh 75), J Ratti, M Dodd (M Morris 67), S Cross (J Cole 61), W Jones (captain), R McCusker.

Munster A: D Johnston (captain); S Fitzgerald, S Arnold, A McHenry (B Johnston 54), S Daly; JJ Hanrahan (L Coombes 75), J Hart (Poland 66); B Scott, K O'Byrne (M Sherry 57), C Parker (R O'Donovan 65), R Coffey, S McCarthy (M Wilson 58), S O'Connor, G Coombes, T Ryan (E Minton 54).

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