Wednesday 21 February 2018

O'Driscoll ready for battle in Kinsale

Munster 'A' coach Mick O'Driscoll
Munster 'A' coach Mick O'Driscoll

Daragh Small

Munster 'A' boss Mick O'Driscoll says his side are in for another bruising encounter against a physical Championship side in Yorkshire Carnegie, as they face off in the B&I Cup at Kinsale RFC this evening (8pm).

Yorkshire are second in the English Championship, just one point behind leaders Bristol, and they top Pool 3 in the B&I Cup. They had a convincing 32-10 win at home to Ospreys Select last weekend, and will travel to the south Cork venue full of confidence.

A late converted Dan Goggin try wasn't enough to secure a win for Munster 'A', as they fell to a 27-25 defeat to London Scottish at the Athletic Ground last weekend. However, the losing bonus point earned by that score away from home could yet prove crucial if O'Driscoll's troops harbour intentions of qualification for the quarter-finals.

O'Driscoll, who played 203 times for Munster, said his side are in for another battle but one they can win with a solid performance.

"Yorkshire are very similar to London Scottish. We are up against a big physical English pack, that will want to scrummage and maul for 80 minutes," he said.

"They have a lot of good players in their side. They have a hell of a lot of good backs there, and they can play two types of games. Which we are going to have to get ready for; hopefully we are going to be able to manage it.

"Kinsale is steeped in rugby in Cork and it is going to be good for us to bring the game out to Kinsale. Hopefully, we will get a very good crowd, and we will get a bit of good weather."

Irish Independent

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