Home advantage for Munster in URC quarter final

Thomond Park. Photo: Diarmuid Greene.

HOLDERS Munster will host Ospreys in the opening quarter-final of the United Rugby Championship (URC) at Thomond Park on Friday next (June 7, 7.35pm).

The other quarters are listed for the following day: Bulls v Benetton, Leinster v Ulster, and Glasgow Warriors v Stormers.

If, as is anticipated, Munster come through against their Welsh opponents, the side will again be at home in the semi-final, against Warriors or Stormers the following week.

Munster are also due home advantage in a possible final appearance.

It was through a come from behind 29-24 bonus point win over Ulster that Munster secured top spot at a busy local venue.

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Here, among the try scorers was Calvin Nash (Young Munster), who was chosen as Player of the Match.

The others to grab five points were RG Snyman, Shane Daly, and Eoghan Clarke, while Jack Crowley landed three conversions and a penalty.

Ospreys were Munster’s most unlikely last eight opponents as it took a remarkable series of results, coupled with their own surprise 33-29 victory at Cardiff, to qualify for a trip to Limerick.

Munster coach Graham Rowntree described his next opponents as “a sticky team”.

Rory Scannel is likely to miss the fixture due to injury.

Munster: Simon Zebo; Calvin Nash, Seán O’Brien, Rory Scannell, Shane Daly; Jack Crowley, Craig Casey; Jeremy Loughman, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; RG Snyman, Tadhg Beirne, captain; Peter O’Mahony, Alex Kendellen, Jack O’Donoghue.

Replacements: Eoghan Clarke, John Ryan, Oli Jager, Tom Ahern, Gavin Coombes, Conor Murray, Joey Carbery, John Hodnett.