Friday 23 March 2018

Stander touts Taute for European task

Stander: Learning from mistakes. Picture: Sportsfile
Stander: Learning from mistakes. Picture: Sportsfile
David Kelly

David Kelly

Munster need to be on the front foot against Racing 92 this weekend, so losing two of their front-row would hardly be ideal.

The scrum was one of the least error-stricken departments of Munster's fitful Dublin defeat, and losing both of the day's looseheads in one fell swoop would be unfortunate.

Dave Kilcoyne faces a week of assessment following his concussion (as will Keith Earls), while James Cronin has been cited for an alleged stamp following some overly aggressive rucking.

If it seems like calamity plagues Munster, the weekend's really desperately sad news occurred when scrum-half Cathal Sheridan broke his leg on AIL duty.

The Sligo man had been included in the European squad despite being released from the province last summer after his well-documented travails with injury.

The series of self-inflicted blows that dogged Munster's efforts in Dublin 4 compound a sense of dread among some supporters nervously anticipating a date weekend in Paris.

It is one thing recovering from a similarly corrosive defeat at home to Cardiff by dousing Dragons' fire; quite another seeking to make amends against the champions of France in their own back yard.

"I won't say there's a similarity between the two matches," concedes CJ Stander, "but we used that one and we're going to use this one for sure to fix our mistakes, especially those two tries which we conceded."

Munster have other issues to resolve, returning Earls to the wing among them and Andrew Conway's return may mean both of Saturday's wingers dropping out while Jaco Taute must start in the midfield.

"He works hard," says Stander of his compatriot. "He understands how we want to play and it's a good start going into Europe."

Meanwhile, Wasps's Sam Jones is facing five months on the sidelines as he recovers from a broken leg sustained during an England training session last week.

The 24-year-old received his first call-up to the England squad by coach Eddie Jones and was in contention to make his Test debut in the Autumn internationals.

Irish Independent

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