Tuesday 24 October 2017

Nottingham to provide stiffer test for Munster second string

Declan Rooney

After getting their British and Irish Cup campaign off to a flying start with a 39-8 win over Stirling County last week, Munster 'A' coach Peter Malone is expecting a much tougher test away to Nottingham tonight.

Nottingham unexpectedly went down 23-9 to Plymouth Albion last week in their first game in the competition, but with so many stand-out performances from the Munster outfit last week, Malone is fully confident in his side's ability to pick up a second win.

"We went well, but we'll probably have a bigger challenge on Friday against Nottingham," he said.

"You are always hoping that players perform for the 'A' team and put pressure on the senior coaches to make decisions. You want to see guys performing well and make it harder for Rob (Penney)," added Malone, who is in his first year in charge of the Munster second string.

With tonight's difficult trip to Meadow Lane in mind, Malone has already conducted plenty of research into his side's opponents and he has identified several strengths to the host's game.

"We have a few videos of Nottingham and we have watched them.

"As per usual for a championship team, they are big and physical. Their No 10, Matt Jarvis, was at Connacht last year and he actually played for Garryowen too.

"He has a big boot, he's a strong fella, so he's a danger.

"They have a few threats on the wing, they have good pace out there and they have a big solid pack.

"They are a strong and they are physical.

"So, if we are not right mentally and if we don't bring that physicality and match them, we'll struggle.

"But if we do that and get into our patterns of play quickly, then hopefully we can show a bit of our game," he said.

Irish Independent

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