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Preview: Budding rivalry continues in Cork with tasty Friday night clash

Avatar Luke Baker 28 Nov 2019

There has been something of a budding rivalry between Munster and Edinburgh in recent seasons and that continues at Irish Independent Park on Friday evening.

The Irish province have twice narrowly beaten the team from the Scottish capital in knockout encounters over the past couple of campaigns.

The first of those was in the Guinness PRO14 Final Series two seasons ago at Thomond Park, Munster edging home 20-16, before they came from behind to win a European quarter-final at BT Murrayfield last year.

Now the two teams find themselves together in Conference B, and with just five points separating the top four, the race for a Final Series place is tight.

Conference B leaders Munster have only lost once, in any competition, this season but Edinburgh have also started strongly and welcome back Scotland stars Stuart McInally and Hamish Watson for the clash.

Munster have largely put their faith in homegrown youth, with 11 of the starting XV products of the club’s academy, including Ben Healy making his first Guinness PRO14 start at fly-half.

Kick-off: At Irish Independent Park, Cork | KO 19:35, Friday 30 November

How to watch: Live on Premier Sports 2, eir sport 1, SuperSport 1, DAZN, PRO14.tv

Players to watch out for: Ben Healy (Munster), Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh)

Ben Healy gets something of a trial by fire for his Guinness PRO14 debut, with Richard Cockerill’s impressive Edinburgh team coming to town, but the fly-half was an Under-20s Six Nations Grand Slam winner with Ireland last year and is highly thought of by the province.

Games against Edinburgh have traditionally been tight affairs, so if he’s trusted from the tee then his goal-kicking could be crucial, although veteran JJ Hanrahan is available as a bench option.

Meanwhile, Edinburgh will be hoping for more of the same from Duhan van der Merwe who has made a strong, try-scoring start to the season and has notched a double in two of his last three games against Munster.

Key stat: Munster have not lost at home since Leinster beat them at Thomond Park in December 2017 and have not been defeated in Cork since Cardiff Blues were the visitors in September 2016.

Munster: Shane Daly; Calvin Nash, Sammy Arnold, Dan Goggin, Alex Wootton; Ben Healy, Nick McCarthy; Liam O’Connor, Rhys Marshall, Stephen Archer; Fineen Wycherley, Darren O’Shea; Jack O’Donoghue (C) Tommy O’Donnell, Arno Botha.

Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, James Cronin, Keynan Knox, Jed Holloway, Conor Oliver, Neil Cronin, JJ Hanrahan, Rory Scannell.

Edinburgh: Blair Kinghorn, Eroni Sau, Mark Bennett, Matt Scott, Duhan van der Merwe, Jaco van der Walt, Henry Pyrgos (C), Pierre Schoeman, Stuart McInally, Pietro Ceccarelli, Ben Toolis, Grant Gilchrist, Magnus Bradbury, Hamish Watson, Viliame Mata

Replacements: Michael Willemse, Rory Sutherland, Simon Berghan, Leiws Carmichael, Ally Miller, Charlie Shiel, Simon Hickey, George Taylor


Cardiff City Stadium will play host to the 2020 Guinness PRO14 Final on June 20 as one of the most exciting days in the club rugby calendar comes to Wales!

General sale tickets are available from http://bit.ly/PRO14Cardiff2020 and prices start at just £13 for concessions and £26 for adults (subject to booking fees), that’s a 15% early bird discount. Family ticket (2 adults / 2 children) prices begin at £64 and fans are encouraged to buy early to get the best value tickets.

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Report: Sau strikes late as Edinburgh claim historic win in Cork

Avatar Charlie Talbot-Smith 29 Nov 2019

Eroni Sau’s second-half try proved the difference as Edinburgh claimed a first win at Irish Independent Park since 2004.

On an error-strewn night in Cork, a much-changed Munster trailed early to Matt Scott’s try.

But the Irish province, who had not lost here in Cork in over three years against any opposition, fought back through the boot of the young Ben Healy and Tommy O’Donnell’s first-half try.

However, a bit of Fijian flair from Sau to get on the end of a cute crosskick from Blair Kinghorn was enough to see Edinburgh home and claim a vital win at the top of Conference B.

KEY MOMENTS

Munster were led out by Stephen Archer, celebrating his 200th cap for the province, but they had a nightmare start.

Healy was tossed a hideous pass from Nick McCarthy, and they conceded a five-metre scrum, from which Scott barrelled over.

Their lead was extended by a Jaco van der Walt penalty while Healy’s sluggish start continued with a pass into touch.

But the Munster scrum got to work to gain the hosts a foothold before Healy slotted their first points.

And then after 23 phases battering at the Edinburgh line before the break, some quick thinking by O’Donnell was rewarded by the TMO.

Healy again slotted the extras to make it 10-10 at the break, and the fly-half was clearly warming to his task with a booming penalty upon the resumption.

The 20-year-old from Tipperary added another for a 16-10 lead for Munster who looked to have weathered the storm.

Pierre Schoeman went close for the visitors but for a Jack O’Donoghue tackle but replacement Simon Hickey drilled a penalty to trim the lead to three points.

However, Edinburgh were not done there and with a penalty advantage to come, Kinghorn chanced a kick to the corner and Sau juggled and gathered to go over for the pivotal score.

And try as they might, an ill-disciplined Munster could not summon a response in the final quarter and Richard Cockerill’s side held on for an impressive win.

PLAY OF THE DAY

There was no doubting the moment of the night.

In an 80 minutes lacking full of brawn but not much brain, it was Kinghorn that delivered the decisive moment.

The full-back spotted that, with a penalty advantage, something might be on in the far right corner.

His kick sat up perfectly for the Sledgehammer Sau and Edinburgh could celebrate a first win in Cork in 15 years.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Jack O’Donoghue captained a young Munster side on Friday night that never really got going.

But it was not for his lack of trying, the blindside covered every blade of grass at Irish Independent Park.

His last-gasp try-saving tackle on Schoeman stood out but in the end it was not enough.


Cardiff City Stadium will play host to the 2020 Guinness PRO14 Final on June 20 as one of the most exciting days in the club rugby calendar comes to Wales!

General sale tickets are available from http://bit.ly/PRO14Cardiff2020 and prices start at just £13 for concessions and £26 for adults (subject to booking fees), that’s a 15% early bird discount. Family ticket (2 adults / 2 children) prices begin at £64 and fans are encouraged to buy early to get the best value tickets.

 

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