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Scarlets vs Munster

In a few minutes, the vital Munster-Scarlets match will kick off but Munster fans won’t be feeling over-confident.  After getting out of jail twice in a row thanks to last-minute drop goals from Ronan O Gara, Munster are lucky to be where they are in the points table.  Having lost Jerry Flannery, David Wallace, Keith Earls and only last week, Doug Howlett, Munster are depleted, but of course, as we saw when they took the All Blacks to the wire, that’s when they’re at their determined best.

It’s a big call to travel to Llanelli and take on what is essentially the Welsh international team.

I’m here now in my pub of choice, with my old mate Wrinkly Joe, contemplating two delicious black pints but not particularly sanguine about this.

Back later.

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Half time update.

Jesus Christ, what a half.  Scarlets tore into Munster for the first 20 minutes, dominating possession and putting 8 points on the board with no reply.  Time after time they turned over Munster ball until suddenly Munster seemed to wake up and string a series of fancy passes together, going down the tunnel after 40 minutes, 11-8 ahead.

I’ll tell you this: whatever else you can say about them, following Munster is never boring.

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Full time.

Scarlets 14 –  Munster 17

Wrinkly Joe’s doctor was on the phone with the bad news.  Sorry Joe.  You’ll have to quit watching Munster.  Go back on the cigarettes.  They’re safer for your heart.

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4 replies on “Scarlets vs Munster”

Tracking the score here on the BBC sport page – bet you’re on the whisky now!
(Looks like a real game of cat and mouse!)

That change of tack after 20 minutes into the first half that you speak of appeared to happen when the ‘waterboy’ (one Mick O’Driscoll) came on to ‘chat’ with Paul O’Connell. The message was surely from Foley to stick to attacking the fringes and not to go wide within their own 22.

As I suspected, Scarlets are a pretty average team, with Priestland and Cussiter being their standout players. However, beware a possible backlash next week in Thomond Park.

Munster are in the driving seat after today, considering the four point win and the fact that Castres beat the Saints in France.

I pray that Earls, Jones, Wally and Flannery, are back early in the the new year. If we make the quarters, we’ll need them badly.

Having said that, it;s good to see the youth, such as Simon Zebo get blooded at the European level, it can only stand to them.

This is indeed team in transition. However, players such as Peter O’Mahony, Danny Barnes and Simon Zebo have had their first taste of European Cup rugby and will surely progress from here.

I don’t expect Munster to win silverware this year but I reckon they will make the quarter finals.

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