Tuesday 25 June 2019

The Left Wing: Munster's trophy ambitions, Leinster's underrated young gun and why mid-week games could work

Peter O'Mahony, right, and CJ Stander of Munster during the Guinness PRO14 Round 21 match between Munster and Connacht at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Peter O'Mahony, right, and CJ Stander of Munster during the Guinness PRO14 Round 21 match between Munster and Connacht at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald discuss the PRO 14 knock-out stage and Munster's trophy ambitions.

Johann van Graan's men take on Benetton in the PRO 14 quarter-final as they look to win their first trophy since the 2011 league title, with an away semi-final against Leinster awaiting them if they prevail. Luke thinks Munster are lacking an X-Factor star in the backline like Leinster's James Lowe, but says that he still fancies them to win the PRO 14.

In the other quarter-final, Ulster host Connacht at Kingspan Stadium. Luke thinks that Ulster have got their recruitment right in recent seasons by focusing on the pack, and from a Connacht perspective thinks that head coach Andy Friend should opt for Caolin Blade over Kieran Marmion at scrum-half.

Luke also weighs in on Jerome Garces' Champions Cup final appointment as well as picking out one Leinster young player who he thinks could have a big future.

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