Injury worries for Munster after fierce Stormers clash

IN MUNSTER’S hard-fought 10-3 URC victory over DHL Stormers at a well-populated Thomond Park (attendance estimated at around 15,000), both Peter O’Mahony and Jack O’Donoghue retired early with injury.

The pair are each now an obvious concern for coach Graham Rowntree ahead of next Saturday’s difficult outing to tackle Leinster at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. 

O’Mahony and O’Donoghue will have their injuries scanned – shoulder and knee respectively –  in the next couple of days.

“We scrapped out a win in conditions that were worse than people watching on TV would have realised,” Rowntree told reporters afterwards. 

“At 50 minutes, we should have scored and gone to 17-3 and instead we end up back on our own line.

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“They kept going for our scrum, didn’t they? I’m so proud of Josh Wycherley – he hung in there. In our last two defeats the opposition have been on top in the scrum.

“But we stuck in there and scrapped it out.” 

A try just before the break from Edwin Edogbo proved to be the difference as Munster notched their third win of the campaign.

It was a landmark night for tight-head prop Stephen Archer who was introduced to equal Donnacha O’Callaghan’s record 268 appearances for the club.