Wednesday 13 December 2017

Williams: It'll be tough in Scotland

Munster scrum-half Duncan Williams. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Munster scrum-half Duncan Williams. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Munster scrum-half Duncan Williams is expecting another tough clash in Edinburgh tonight, and he thinks they could be in for another late battle at Myreside.

Last season Munster needed a last-gasp 84th-minute block-down of a Sam Hidalgo-Clyne drop-goal attempt to claim a 16-14 victory in Murrayfield, and Williams sees a trend from trips to the Scottish capital over the years.

"That has happened us a few times over there, and it has really gone down to the wire," said Williams, who last week signed a contract extension with the province.

"We are under no illusions, we know how tough a game it is going to be and I'm sure they are licking their lips at the thought of us coming.

"We played them early in the season and I think the scoreline flattered us a bit. They are a tough team and it took us a while to break them down. So we've no doubt that it's going to be a hard game ahead of us."

In Thomond Park last September Munster eventually claimed a 28-14 bonus-point win, but that day's double try scorer, Conor Murray, is away on international duty. Consequently, Williams will assume the duty of senior scrum-half and he sees these few weeks as key for the squad.

"Traditionally this time of year has given a lot of younger lads and fellas that haven't played much a chance to put their hands up for selection and it's a good opportunity for a few lads and I'm sure they will take their chances," he said.

"It was a hectic few weeks. We had the three European Cup matches back to back, so it is a tough three weeks. It was good to get the break and we're looking forward to getting to Edinburgh. We're so excited to be back playing."

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