Tuesday 20 February 2018

Malone hopes Twitter can guide team to quarter-finals

Peter Malone
Peter Malone

Declan Rooney

Munster 'A' coach Peter Malone is confident that his side can reach the quarter-finals of the British & Irish Cup -- if they manage to beat Stirling County tomorrow at Bridgehaugh (2.0).

Just points difference separates second-placed Munster 'A' from leaders Plymouth Albion at the top of Pool 4, but with two best runner-up slots also up for grabs, Malone reckons a win will be enough to see his side through.

However, Malone and Co will have their eye on the clash of Plymouth Albion and last week's opponents Nottingham, with the advent of social media providing a useful tool for the coach on match day.

"Twitter is one of the great modern inventions so hopefully we'll get the information as we need it," said Malone.

"But still, the main thing is to go over and put in a performance and win the game.

"The way it falls at the moment, our understanding is that if we win the game, we go through as a second-placed loser no matter what happens over in Plymouth.

"Obviously we want to move as far up the seeding as we can, so a push for a fifth and possibly fourth-placed seeding, which would give us a home quarter-final."

Munster 'A' thrashed Stirling 39-8 in first round, and a side without so much as a losing bonus point to their name in five games might suggest an easy canter for Malone's side. Not so, the coach warns.

"Stirling may have lost all their games, but it is their last game at home, it'll be a big occasion there and there will be pride on display," he insisted.

"We have to respect Stirling first and do the job at hand. It will be difficult enough to win the game and after that, if we are in a good position, then we can look at other options.

"We can't look at the future before we win the game first."

Irish Independent

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