Scarlets v Munster match preview

The playoff race really starts to hot up this weekend as Scarlets host Munster on Saturday. In 5th and 6th place currently, with just the one point separating them, both sides will be desperate for a win to hopefully propel them back into the top four. 

The Scarlets beat Munster earlier this season, for the first time since 2007 and will be eager to get their first ever win over the Irish province at home since their move to Parc Y Scarlets. Munster will be eager to avenge their earlier defeat and they’ve a good mix of youth and experience throughout their side. 

The Welsh region have Turnbull and Liam Williams back in their squad relieved of Wales duty. Their backline again contains the very young half back pairing of Aled Davies and Owen Williams, who have been so impressive in their last two outings. Fenby and Maule provide the experience in the backs and with exciting runners in Warren and Owen to look to, if the Scarlets can work the possession and field position, they can be very dangerous in attack. 

Munster have the services of the hugely experienced O’Gara to call upon and with Hanrahan, Keatley and Murphy in their backline they have dangerous runners of their own. If O’Gara can bring the backline into play they could pose the Scarlets real problems. 

In the forwards the Scarlets have a strong pack lining up. The second row pairing of Earle and Snyman are two work horses that should give the home side the hard graft needed to secure possession. With Turnbull and McCusker in their backrow with the hard working Murphy they have the players to make inroads behind a dependable front row.

Munster are boosted by the presence of O’Callaghan and are fielding an experienced and effective front five in their forwards. Their back row is efficient and has the capability of winning Munster the possession they will need to press on for a win. 

The Scarlets have perhaps the edge in the benches and in what is likely to be a very close match this could have a large bearing on the outcome. 

Both teams have played exciting rugby this season, yet both have also grinded out gritty wins. In two evenly matched teams as ever it will come down to whichever side can keep their composure and execute their chances that will emerge the victors. 

With a relatively easy run in on the cards, the Scarlets after a great team building couple of days in Bluestone Wales will be focused on giving their all for the win to keep their playoff chances alive, and a big boost going forward. For Munster, if they manage to get an away win over one of their closest rivals it will provide them with the perfect momentum and confidence to take into their remaining games.

Referee: Dudley Phillips (IRFU) 


Scarlets: Gareth Owen; Liam Williams, Gareth Maule, Adam Warren, Andy Fenby; Owen Williams, Aled Davies; Phil John, Emyr Phillips, Jacobie Adriaanse, George Earle, Johan Synman, Rob McCusker (capt), Josh Turnbull, Kieran Murphy.

Replacements: Kirby Myhill, Rhodri Jones, Samson Lee, Jake Ball, Johnathan Edwards, Gareth Davies, Aled Thomas, Nick Reynolds.

Munster: I Keatley; D Hurley, I Dineen, JJ Hanrahan, J Murphy; R O’Gara, D Williams; W du Preez, M Sherry capt, BJ Botha; D O’Callaghan, I Nagle; CJ Stander, T O’Donnell, P Butler.

Replacements: D Varley, J Ryan, S Archer, B Holland, S Dougall, C Sheridan, D Barnes, C Laulala.



4 thoughts on “Scarlets v Munster match preview

  1. conorphilpott95 says:

    My feelings on ROG are well known (rubbish for over a year, overrated for most of his career), the experience argument for me is moot, it’s great to be well versed in a certain profession but if you’re not good at what you do then experience is a waste of time. I would back Scarlets as with a half back pairing as inept as ours our backs will get no space, our centre pairing is young but exciting, Hurley is not a great winger but Murphy is solid at least. I don’t know much about the Scarlets team truth be told, some familiar names who are solid Rabo talent at the very least mixed with some young blood, should be a good game, fancy Scarlets though

    Also I think there are 16 players in your Scarlets side!

    • 16 players? how so??

      Scarlets side is solid but a bit inexperienced. Owen at FB often tries to run it out of our 22 when it’s not on, and I don’t think Munster will offer the space to get away with it. O Williams at fly half has been very solid but this will be his 4th pro start for us, less time on the ball, will be interesting to see how he goes, but we’ve got good replacements on the bench.

      Snyman and Earle have to keep playing at a high level for us. Earn us the penalties and we can chip away a lead for our backs to break away in the last quarter.

      Our back play is the one thing that’s been lacking recently so hope they can get some moves to stick, but I’m v worried about you guys.

      You’ve a solid team, and you are generally a smart team. think if you equal us in defence or push us back you can really hurt us.

      Should be a v close one!

  2. I counted 16 yesterday in the team, don’t know what happened. I wouldn’t be worried about our backs, they won’t see much ball, our centres are promising, Dineen has had some horrendous luck, has about 10 games or so for Munster but has been blocked by Mafi, Tuitupou, Laulala, Downey and Earls in the cntres, he put in a stupendous kick for Stander’s try last week. If you can deal with our forwards you should win.

    • We’ll see. Consistency has been our problem this season, so will depend if we can build on the last couple of games.

      And ha you probably saw too many owens and williams in the team sheet!

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