Sunday 21 January 2018

Malone's 'warriors' set for big things

Munster A head coach Peter Malone. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Munster A head coach Peter Malone. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Munster A head coach Peter Malone says he hopes that some his players can now go on and make a mark with the first team after their memorable B&I Cup win over Jersey at Irish Independent Park last weekend.

Despite trailing by 18 points near the end of the first half, Munster A recovered well and thanks to tries from Gavin Coombes, Kevin O'Byrne and Alex Wootton, bolstered by the boot of David Johnston, they eventually wrapped up a comeback victory.

And with a good blend of seasoned and up-and-coming players at his disposal, Malone thinks his side have a big future in the province.

"Credit to the players, they really dug in. There is some real warriors in that team and I hope some players will go on to play for Munster for a long time into the future," said Malone.

"Elation and relief are the emotions. We really didn't start well and Jersey really put us under pressure.

"To be 18-0 down and come back into the game against a very good Jersey team and come out on the right side of the scoreline, it's incredible."

It was Coombes' try before the break that resurrected the Munster A challenge in their first B&I Cup final since 2012, and Malone says they were calm under pressure.

With players struggling with the high tempo, Munster A's fitness eventually paid off as they clinched the win in the final quarter.

"It was crucial we got something on the scoreboard before half-time. Guys were calm, they hadn't started well and they were aware of that, but we got into the game.

"Once we got that try on the board the lads were calm, they knew what they had to do and they started the second half like a house on fire. I was confident we were going to be very very close."

Irish Independent

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