Sunday 17 December 2017

Malone's troops eye top spot

Munster 'A' are aiming to secure their third successive victory when they take on Doncaster Knights at Castle Park tomorrow (Stock photo: PA)
Munster 'A' are aiming to secure their third successive victory when they take on Doncaster Knights at Castle Park tomorrow (Stock photo: PA)

Daragh Small

Munster 'A' will look to continue their impressive B&I Cup form when they clash with Doncaster Knights at Castle Park tomorrow.

And Pete Malone's charges can clinch top spot in Pool 2 and a spot in the knockout stages if they win their third game in a row.

Munster 'A' lost their first game 30-15 against London Welsh - who have now been eliminated from the competition after their liquidation - in Midleton but since then they have matched some of the brilliant performances of the senior side, who are top of the Pro12 and in control of their fate in the Champions Cup.

In their second B&I Cup fixture Munster 'A' defeated Rotherham Titans 35-24 at Clifton Lane on December 10. And just before Christmas Munster 'A' put in another impressive display as they saw off Rotherham again, in the second of the back-to-back fixtures, in Ennis RFC.

Caolan Ryan got the only points for the English Championship outfit on the day - he scored a penalty in response to five Munster tries. Peter McCabe, Sam Arnold, Gavin Coombes, Rory Burke and Steve Crosbie all touched down for the home side, while the latter also kicked a penalty and three conversions in an excellent team display.

This weekend Munster 'A' come up against a Doncaster side who lost their only B&I Cup game this season. And as a result they are at the bottom of Pool 2. However, domestically they are third in the table only behind London Irish and Yorkshire Carnegie.

Doncaster are in form in the English Championship and a 34-3 hammering of Richmond last weekend has signalled their intent to mount another promotion challenge before the season is over.

Irish Independent

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