Friday 15 December 2017

Scannell: We learned from Sarries setback

Munster's Rory Scannell. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Munster's Rory Scannell. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Ronan O'Brien

Rory Scannell will hope to celebrate his Ireland call-up this week by helping Munster past Ospreys into the Guinness Pro12 final, but he is predicting a huge challenge from the Welsh side's "unbelievable" half-backs.

Both Rhys Webb and Dan Biggar have been called up into Warren Gatland's Lions squad for their tour to New Zealand, and the Munster centre is expecting a big challenge from the Ospreys danger men tomorrow.

"They have threats all over the field, a lot of international players. Webb and Biggar are probably their key men," said Scannell, who was named in the Ireland squad for their summer tour, along with his brother Niall.

"They have been unbelievable for Ospreys and Wales the last few years so if we can shut them down we have a pretty good chance.

"But we have a lot of dangerous backs ourselves. Hopefully I can look to put a few of those guys away in the next few games."

Scannell played in the 16-point defeat to Saracens in the Champions Cup semi-final, and he thinks the squad have learned a lot from that loss in time for their next shot at knock-out rugby.

"It's been a good season, but we were very disappointed with the Saracens game. We didn't show up on the day so hopefully we won't lose two," he said.

"We reviewed it quite a bit. We know what we did wrong and why we didn't come close to beating them. In games against the top teams in Europe you get three or four chances to put away a try and we didn't put them away.

"Saracens were clinical. When they got the chances to score they took them and that's the difference. We were a bit conservative in our attack. When we got those chances in their 22 we didn't take them and that's the main thing we learned from that game."

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