Munster Connacht

Last game of the regular Pro14 season takes Connacht to their provincial rivals Munster for a Conference A head to head! For those travelling with the Clan, the bus will be leaving from Galway at 4.00 on the dot! Best bet is to convene in Murtys before 4 and grab a spot of lunch before heading en masse to the buses! For those not heading with the Clan, Murtys will have all the action live in the Green Room!

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salmson replied to the topic: #65978 2 months 2 weeks ago

FACECUTTR wrote: His nickname at the blues was superfreak. I think it was relating to his strength.


Yup, was based on his gym performances while at the Blues.

On the level he can play prop to, 10 of his 22 Super Rugby starts were at prop, so he's a lot more than an emergency option. Have also seen him quoted as saying he's several kilos heavier playing hooker in the northern hemisphere than when he played prop in New Zealand.
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FACECUTTR replied to the topic: #65977 2 months 2 weeks ago
His nickname at the blues was superfreak. I think it was relating to his strength.
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DeadStraightStare replied to the topic: #65976 2 months 2 weeks ago
He is the only player I have ever seen move from Hooker to Prop mid-game. Must have decent power behind him to do that!
Bazzo replied to the topic: #65970 2 months 2 weeks ago
I've heard from someone that definitely would know these sorts of things that McCartney contributes A LOT to the scrum. It lines up anyway, if you look back at matches he starts the scrum is usually very strong.
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RoadRunnerR1 replied to the topic: #65968 2 months 2 weeks ago

Betty Swallocks wrote: Both hookers pretty awful and Dave Heff will start against Ulster. I fear Tom Mc might've played his last competitive game for us.


Neither a fair nor an accurate statement. Misfiring lineout was due to the lack of Thornbury, Dillane and Roux and even SOB to an extent.
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phatguerilla replied to the topic: #65965 2 months 2 weeks ago
We were good in parts but obviously not a joint up 80 min performance. Dean was better than I expected, good kicking from hand, didn't have to chip that ball when he was through though imo.

Disappointed in Frank's reffing of the scrum, constantly threatening yellows for about 30 mins before actually producing one, and not going to tmo for Beirne's try was poor, that was a clear blocking line.

TOH was good in parts but also gave that intercept pass and fumbled a ball under zero pressure in the second half, but also made some important interventions. Could have come off earlier but maybe being saved for Ulster. Daly was lively, looking better. Really like Fitzgerald.

For me the thing we need desperately is some preplanned moves to run off advantage, we made no use of advantage throughout, there was two or three times we had advantage in the 22 and never attempted any play/kick. Maybe that's because Dean was starting but the obvious thing to do is a crossfield kick for a back three chaser. Same in our own 22 didn't know what to do with advantage and it cost us once or twice.

I would hope that McCartney has at least one more season in him, maybe he needs to move back to prop, or have his minutes managed.
Betty Swallocks replied to the topic: #65964 2 months 2 weeks ago
I thought Marmion, TOH, Bealham, Maksymiw, Conor Dean, and especially Eoin McKeon played well. Copeland showed flashes. Both hookers pretty awful and Dave Heff will start against Ulster. I fear Tom Mc might've played his last competitive game for us.
Fast twitch replied to the topic: #65962 2 months 2 weeks ago
Real mixed bag, scrum ok, lineout terrible, some awful decision making, with some flashes of brilliance. Felt the defending at the end was very individual with some players putting bodies on the line while others had given up the game. Not sure what to take from that match! Hoping for much more next weekend.
Fast twitch replied to the topic: #65961 2 months 2 weeks ago
Can't see Glasgow being beaten after 20-3 half time score. Munster will probably push on from 17-7 at half time but we are going to have to stop making it so easy for them. Not sure why we're asking Conor Dean to take tough kicks at goal in his first match for us. We should have planned this match better
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pinky replied to the topic: #65960 2 months 2 weeks ago

Borders no.2 wrote: Feels like a bit of an underwhelming final day.


Tell me about it. Never thought it would be the last game of the regular season and I'd have no more than a passing interest in the Connacht game.
Cardiff v Ospreys and Glasgow v Edinburgh hold much more appeal ...
It's a good problem to have I suppose.
petercon1 replied to the topic: #65959 2 months 2 weeks ago
Do you know if the car park at City Hall is available to fans travelling on the bus?
neill_m replied to the topic: #65958 2 months 2 weeks ago

Borders no.2 wrote: Think we could be on the end of a heavy loss here but think we've probably got the balance as good as we could. Ulster have gone with fringe players at home also.

Feels like a bit of an underwhelming final day.


The Ulster Leinster game on Saturday is a Grade A dead rubber. Both playing kids/squad players.
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Borders no.2 replied to the topic: #65957 2 months 2 weeks ago
Think we could be on the end of a heavy loss here but think we've probably got the balance as good as we could. Ulster have gone with fringe players at home also.

Feels like a bit of an underwhelming final day.
neill_m replied to the topic: #65954 2 months 3 weeks ago
Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Dan Goggin, Calvin Nash; Tyler Bleyendaal, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne; Peter O’Mahony (C), Chris Cloete, CJ Stander.

Replacements: Rhys Marshall, Jeremy Loughman, John Ryan, Billy Holland, Arno Botha, Neil Cronin, JJ Hanrahan, Sammy Arnold.

15-9 Tiernan O’Halloran, Niyi Adeolokun, Bundee Aki, Tom Daly, Stephen Fitzgerald, Conor Dean, Kieran Marmion,
1-8 Matthew Burke, Tom McCartney, Finlay Bealham, Joe Maksymiw, James Cannon, Eoin McKeon, Jarrad Butler (C), Robin Copleand.

Replacements (16-23): Shane Delahunt, Peter McCabe, Conor Carey, Eoghan Masterson, Paul Boyle, Caolin Blade, Eoin Griffin, Darragh Leader.
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pinky replied to the topic: #65944 2 months 3 weeks ago
Good thing this wasn't scheduled for tomorrow evening. Serious wind. Storm should be all blown out in plenty of time for KO.
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pinky replied to the topic: #65935 2 months 3 weeks ago
You would imagine Munster will go full bore to give themselves a chance at topping the conference, even if that requires a favour from Edinburgh. Interestingly the bookies only have Glasgow as 8 point favourites so it's a possibility (I would have been viewing Edinburgh as something of a speedbump in Glasgow's title charge but maybe the prospect of finishing fifth will motivate them).
Can't see too many risks being taken in the Connacht selections, but with the week off last weekend and another one to look forward to after Ulster even if we win that, you'd imagine some will be keen to play.
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Sol_ie replied to the topic: #65933 2 months 3 weeks ago
Will be interesting to see the squads for this game. Do you go with a full strength side to keep the momentum, do you rest all your key players saving up for the next round? Munster will have to go for a stronger team overall, I think - they've a break and are coming back home after a disappointing European game.
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Sol_ie replied to the topic: #65932 2 months 3 weeks ago
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Munster Connacht

Last game of the regular Pro14 season takes Connacht to their provincial rivals Munster for a Conference A head to head! For those travelling with the Clan, the bus will be leaving from Galway at 4.00 on the dot! Best bet is to convene in Murtys before 4 and grab a spot of lunch before heading en masse to the buses! For those not heading with the Clan, Murtys will have all the action live in the Green Room!

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salmson replied to the topic: #65870 2 months 3 weeks ago
Friend said he'd be touch and go for Cardiff but definitely back for Munster, in the update after Sale.
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Sol_ie replied to the topic: #65868 2 months 3 weeks ago
Can't imagine Finlay will be back this season? Don't think I've heard an update. Agree tho, can't risk all our first choice lads, but that said hate the thought of not going full on for an interpro!