Saturday 25 November 2017

Munster to close the gap at top with victory

IT is all quiet on the southern front as the November internationals take precedence.

This has given Munster coach Rob Penney the best part of three weeks to tweak his game plan. It will be interesting to see whether he has tempered his Canterbury style of rugby to accommodate the very Munster approach at making hay while the sun doesn't shine.

There is simply no value in pouring criticism on Penney as he tries to fast-track a transformation in strategy and mindset that is light-years away from traditional Munster rugby. For all that, Penney has driven a regime that sees the club placed fourth, equal on points with The Ospreys in fifth and set to reduce the gap to The Scarlets.


Verdict: Munster

MUNSTER: F Jones; D Howlett capt, C Laulala, J Downey, L O'Dea; I Keatley, D Williams; W du Preez, M Sherry, S Archer; I Nagle, B Holland; Dave O'Callaghan, N Ronan, P Butler.

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