Wednesday 13 November 2019

Malone's men bid for British and Irish Cup glory

Peter Malone. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile
Peter Malone. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile Sportsdesk

Munster A have the chance to get the province's weekend off to an ideal start this evening when they go in search of their second British and Irish Cup as they host Jersey Reds at Irish Independent Park (7.30).

Munster last lifted the cup in 2012 and they have an ideal opportunity to do so again as Peter Malone is afforded the luxury of largely being able to stick with the same starting XV who got the job done in the semi-final.

The scheduling of the final has drawn a huge amount of anger from Young Munster - four of their players will start the game with another on the bench.

The starting four will not play any part in the club's AIL semi-final against Clontarf on Sunday.

Cian Bohane skippers the side, while experienced No 8 Robin Copeland continues to be frozen out by Rassie Erasmus.

The other two Young Munster starters are Dan Goggin, who starts on the wing, and Ireland U-20s back-row Gavin Coombes.

Out-half Dave Johnston and tighthead prop Brian Scott continue their remarkable record of having started every game in the tournament.

Mark Chisholm is included amongst the replacements. The former Wallaby lock is still working his way back to full fitness following a serious concussion but even still, he would never have envisaged finding himself in this position.

Jersey topped their pool ahead of Ulster A but with home advantage, Munster should have enough to win their second B&I Cup.

Verdict: Munster A

Munster A - S Fitzgerald; D Goggin, S Arnold, C Bohane (capt), A Wootton; D Johnston, J Poland; P McCabe, K O'Byrne, B Scott; J Madigan, D O'Shea; G Coombes, C Oliver, R Copeland. Reps: D Casey, L O'Connor, R Burke, M Chisholm, S O'Connor, A Griesel, G O'Shea.

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