Munster hope to run away with URC points on Zebre visit

Munster’s Tom Ahern makes a try run against Scarlets at their recent clash. Photo: Gruffydd Thomas.

MUNSTER showed against the Scarlets in the last URC outing that they are going to be hard to stop from here to the end of the season.

Graham Rowntree’s charges followed that up with a blistering display in The Stoop, which must have impressed Harlequins’ Jerry Flannery.

The young Reds stunned the opposition right from the start and by the end of the game they had ran in seven tries, some particularly spectacular, during their 35-43 victory.

Harlequins defence coach Flannery must have had mixed feelings on the eve of his departure for South Africa.

“It was funny that we came to play against Munster in my last game at the club. It was a special night and nice to see some familiar faces. I have had many great moments at this club, I’ve enjoyed it here and it was great to have a sell-out crowd tonight in The Stoop.”

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This was the second time that Munster beat Quins on their own patch, having gotten the better of them at the same venue in the Champions Cup in season 2012/2013.

There is little doubt that Munster’s coaching team must be thrilled with the manner in which their side is performing at present. There appears to be no shortage of talent. The squad is bouncing out of their boots at present and with weather conditions suiting their type of play, watch out for more fireworks when Zebre visit Musgrave Park this Friday night (kick-off 7.35pm).

Munster are grouped together in this URC table with Ulster and the Ospreys in ninth place but there is very little between these and the teams above them. On this form Munster look capable of reaping points from their next three games against Zebre, Ospreys, and Cardiff, before packing their bags for sunny South Africa and tilts against the Bulls and the Lions in April.

On the International front, Limerick continues to contribute at the highest level, with Calvin Nash joining the established locals as first choice on the senior side, and Evan O’Connell making a significant impression with the equally successful Ireland Under 20s.

According to reliable sources, a few more talented young Shannonsiders are within reach of high level recognition.