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Munster v Llanelli


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Munster v Llanelli

Munster will be looking to cement their place at the head of pool 5 with a win against the Scarlets at Thomond Park. Following last week's impressive performance in deplorable conditions at Stradey they'll be looking to keep the momentum going into the Christmas period and the 5th and 6th rounds.

The Scarlets will only be playing for pride but given the talent in the side will not be underestimated by this Munster side and will have Stephen Jones back in the starting lineup for their trip to Thomond along with Alix Popham, Jon Davies, Ben Broster, Vernon Cooper and James Bater.

Miracle coach Declan Kidney, roundly praised for his decision to bring back in Anthony Foley by elements of the Irish press when the call was nothing but a no-brainer brings in Puciarello for Marcus Horan.

So can Scarlets salvage some pride or will Munster have too much for them???

Munster: Shaun Payne, Brian Carney, Rua Tipoki, Lifeimi Mafi, Ian Dowling, Ronan O'Gara, Peter Stringer, Federico Pucciariello, Jerry Flannery, John Hayes, Donncha O'Callaghan, Mick O'Driscoll, Denis Leamy, David Wallace, Anthony Foley

Replacements: Frank Sheahan, Marcus Horan, Donnacha Ryan, Niall Ronan, Gerry Hurley, Paul Warwick, Kieran Lewis

Llanelli: Morgan Stoddart; Mark Jones, Regan King, Jonathan Davies, Nathan Brew; Stephen Jones, Dwayne Peel; Iestyn Thomas, James Hayter, Ben Broster, Vernon Cooper, Adam Eustace, Simon Easterby (capt), James Bater, Alix Popham.
Replacements (from): Daniel George, Deacon Manu, Scott MacLeod, Nathan Thomas, Gavin Thomas, Gavin Cattle, Ceiron Thomas, Rhys Priestland, Gavin Evans.
After our terrific start to the Heineken Cup, I can't see past a Llanelli 20 point win. Sorry Munster, better luck next year. :)
Bit hairy, but exciting in the end.

Disappointed Munster didn't score before half time against 14 men, and the lineout was surprisingly poor.

Marcus Horan needs to rethink things: yellow card, two needless penalties, and lost the ball a couple of times driving off rucks on his own. Not professional.

Second Munster try was a beaut, and Poki, Mafi and both wings are playing great in attack. Pity Carney stumbled at the end when the line was before him.

Defence still a bit chaotic - Payne showed a few weaknesses there.

We made it to Christmas! Bring on Howlett.
On a positive note for Llanelli, we've conceded less points in each of our games. Hopefully this will mean we'll win a game sometime soon!

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