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Malone's troops eyeing top spot

Bedford Blues are top, two points clear of Munster 'A', but last weekend's 17-12 win at Nottingham means Pete Malone's side are still well in contention (stock photo)
Bedford Blues are top, two points clear of Munster 'A', but last weekend's 17-12 win at Nottingham means Pete Malone's side are still well in contention (stock photo)

Daragh Small

Munster 'A' will aim to wrestle back top spot in Pool 1 of the B&I Cup tonight when they clash with Ospreys Premiership Select at Irish Independent Park.

It is a massive game for the reigning champions who are second in the pool and still not assured of their place in the knockout stages of the competition.

Bedford Blues are top, two points clear of Munster 'A', but last weekend's 17-12 win at Nottingham means Pete Malone's side are still well in contention.

Scrum-half James Hart and lock Fineen Wycherley scored tries in the first half and Munster 'A' held on in the second half at Ladybay.

Nottingham came with all of the early pressure and Munster 'A' looked in real trouble when Jimmy Stevens scored a try in the ninth minute.

But eight minutes before half-time Hart touched down and Wycherley also got his try shortly afterwards as Munster 'A' converted their dominance into points on the scoreboard.

Joe Cobden scored for the hosts early in the second half but Tiff Eden's conversion was all they could add to that. Nottingham could not grab the crucial third try, which could have seen Munster 'A' come out on the wrong side of the result.

But Munster 'A' survived, and now they face a side that they hammered 24-6 at St Helen's in Round 1, when Kevin O'Byrne, Gavin Coombes and John Poland were among the tries on October 14.

Since then Munster 'A' have won three times including last Friday's crucial win away to Ian Costello's side.

But the 25-14 defeat at home to Bedford Blues on December 8 has put Munster on the back foot and they will need a positive result tonight.

Irish Independent

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