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Thursday 20 June 2019

Benetton can undermine Munster

PRO14 LEAGUE BENNETTON v MUNSTER Live Eirsport 2 Tonight(7.0pm)

Johann van Graan: High stakes. Pic: Sportsfile
Johann van Graan: High stakes. Pic: Sportsfile

Munster have been put on notice by what Benetton did to Leinster in the RDS last weekend.

The Italian stallions showed a degree of physicality that will take every pound of muscle Munster have to give if they are to prevail at Stadio Monigo tonight.

Coach Kieran Crowley has given Treviso the tools and the license to make it difficult for the seriously under-strength visitors as they chase a coveted play-off place.

Coach Johann van Graan has made eleven changes from last week with Alby Mathewson and JJ Hanrahan charged with guiding them to victory in what would be one of their better results this season.

The last thing they need is a PRO14 quarter-final and, beyond that, an away semi-final when Saracens are occupying their thoughts for tomorrow week.

Benetton: J Hayward; R Tavuyara, T Benvenuti, M Zanon, M Ioane; T Allan (capt), D Duvenage; N Quaglio, L Bigi, M Riccioni, I Herbst, F Ruzza, S Negri, A Steyn, T Halafihi.

Replacements: H Faiva, C Traore, S Ferrari, M Lazzaroni, G Pettinelli; T Tebaldi, A Rizzi, T Iannone.

Munster: M Haley; D Sweetnam, S Arnold, D Goggin, S Daly; JJ Hanrahan, A Mathewson; J Loughman, R Marshall, S Archer, F Wycherley, B Holland (capt), J O'Donoghue, C Cloete, G Coombes. Replacements: K O'Byrne, L O'Connor, C Parker, D O'Shea, D O'Callaghan; N Cronin, B Johnston, A McHenry.

Verdict: Benetton.

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