Sale v Munster

Discussion in 'European Champions & Challenge Cup' started by An Tarbh, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

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    Sale v Munster
    Date: Sunday 19 October 2008
    Venue: Edgley Park
    Kickoff - 13:00, Live Sky Sports/Sport+
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    So contrasting fortunes for both sides last weekend but still 2 wins. Munster were cack and Sale were awesome, so we should have an interesting match up come Sunday. Last time the sides met Sale took a pasting and Chabal certainly will be wound up for this one having been torn a new arse. So will Sale be too wound up ahead of this one or can Saint-André master his side's aggression for the visit of the champions. If Sale have the right mentality they should take the win but that's always a big if when Munster are involved.

    Munster won't perform as badly as they did last week, they'll certainly have their game face on this week although perhaps the chinks are appearing in the armour, with McGahan being typically Australian in his approach but very un Munster like, still things to learn and get right in the approach with this team. It's not quite a must win for either side so it could turn out to be a bit of a stalemate. Also no pedantic English ref at the breakdown this weekend so that might help Munster as well.
     
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  3. Sir Speedy

    Sir Speedy Guest

    "It's not quite a must win for either side so it could turn out to be a bit of a stalemate."

    I disagree there. If Sale beat Munster on Sunday, then Munster will most likely need to win in France (twice) to remain in the competition. If Sale lose, we'll need to win away to Montauban.
    That said, I can't see Munster winning if we play like we did on Saturday. Hopefully we'll end their 10 (11?) year quarter-final reaching record. :D
     
  4. Prestwick

    Prestwick Guest

    Munster do have a reputation of being road warriors sometimes though..
     
  5. Sir Speedy

    Sir Speedy Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Prestwick @ Oct 16 2008, 03:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    I know. History tells us that they'll be losing at EP this weekend though. ;)
     
  6. shazbooger

    shazbooger Guest

    Yeah. I consider this a must win for Munster. By my maths Munster are effectively a further two points behind Sale as I'd expect Sale to pick up a bonus point at home to Montauban, and I dont think Munster will get the away bonus point win at Clermont.

    For Munster to redress this balance and give themselves a chance of winning the group they really need to win this one. I dont think they will do it BUT it wouldnt surprise me if they did. Of all the teams on the planet, these guys constantly raise their performance for games of this magnitude.

    Definately the game of the round, but I think the rails will come off for Munster and they may leave with nothing.
     
  7. shazbooger

    shazbooger Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Sir. Speedy @ Oct 16 2008, 03:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Just curious. Are you a Scarlets fan? a Sale fan? or both?
     
  8. Sir Speedy

    Sir Speedy Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Logorrhea @ Oct 16 2008, 04:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Just curious. Are you a Scarlets fan? a Sale fan? or both?
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    Both and Toulouse. It gives me a reason to have interest in the GP and in the HC after my other faves are knocked out. :D

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Logorrhea @ Oct 16 2008, 03:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    That's a nice thought. :D
     
  9. Prestwick

    Prestwick Guest

    I too tend to support another team for odd decade between the individual years that Saracens feature before vanishing back to the Heine-kiddy cup once more..

    ...GOOO CALVISANO!
     
  10. shtove

    shtove Guest

    Didn't get to see Sale last week, but I like their style under Saint Andre.

    Munster will have a few tricks for them. And beardy won't get off the pitch alive.

    McAllister up against the kiwis in the middle of the pitch will be fun.
     
  11. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    Well only one of them by the looks of things.
     
  12. MunsterMan

    MunsterMan Guest

    We need to be really aggressive, McAllister needs to be hit hard by Mafi and Tipoki (hopefully). Wallace will stand inside O'Gara on defense(should he start, rumours all over the place) because as much as ROG's defence has improved, he won't be able to take Luke. Imagine how different the predicted results would be for this match if Munster had caved in to McAlister's HUGE wage demands before the RWC!
     
  13. shtove

    shtove Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (An Tarbh @ Oct 17 2008, 06:10 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Not sure what's happening with him.

    Good intro to the thread - what do you mean by this:

    "McGahan being typically Australian in his approach but very un Munster like"
     
  14. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (shtove @ Oct 16 2008, 10:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Not sure what's happening with him.

    Good intro to the thread - what do you mean by this:

    "McGahan being typically Australian in his approach but very un Munster like"
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    as in it's typically Australian to big up your chances, saying in the week of the match that he expected the full haul, Kidney would have just kept his mouth shut and got on with the job and more than likely we wouldn't have seen as poor a performance either.
     
  15. RC

    RC Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Sir. Speedy @ Oct 16 2008, 03:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Did you just say "we"?
     
  16. MunsterMan

    MunsterMan Guest

    Teams:

    Sale Sharks
    15.Rory Lamont
    14.Mark Cueto
    13.Luke McAlister
    12.Rudi Keil
    11.David Doherty
    10.Richard Wigglesworth
    9.Dwayne Peel
    8.JM Fernandez Lobbe
    7.Luke Abrahams
    6.Chris Jones
    5.Brent Cockbain
    4.Sebastien Chabal
    3.Eifion Roberts
    2.Neil Briggs
    1.Lionel Faure

    Replacements: Marc Jones, Stuart Turner, Dean Schofield, Jason White, Charlie Hodgson, Mathew Tait, Chris Bell



    Munster:

    15.Paul Warwick
    14.Doug Howlett
    13.Keith Earls
    12.Lifemi Mafi
    11.Ian Dowling
    10. Ronan O'Gara
    9.Tomás O'Leary
    8.David Wallace
    7.John O'Sullivan
    6.Alan Quinlan
    5.Paul O'Connell capt
    4.Donnacha O'Callaghan
    3.John Hayes
    2.Jerry Flannery
    1.Marcus Horan

    Replacements: D Fogarty, F Pucciariello, D Ryan, J Melck, P Stringer, B Murphy, K Lewis.
     
  17. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    Interesting, Wigglesworth starting and Hodgson on the bench... o_O
     
  18. Sir Speedy

    Sir Speedy Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (RC @ Oct 17 2008, 12:26 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Did you just say "we"?
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    Yeh, I'll be playing on Sunday ahead of Peel. Didn't you hear? - oh wait, you wouldn't; Saint-André will want to keep that quiet. :ph34r:

    "Interesting, Wigglesworth starting and Hodgson on the bench... o_O"

    YEY! :bana:
     
  19. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (MunsterMan @ Oct 17 2008, 05:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Not the ideal game to be trying out a new centre partnership, thought Murphy might get the nod for this one.
     
  20. Vambo

    Vambo Guest

    This game and this pool is there for the taking for Sale. Home win... just!
     
  21. Charles

    Charles Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (An Tarbh @ Oct 17 2008, 06:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Not the ideal game to be trying out a new centre partnership, thought Murphy might get the nod for this one.

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    This is a huge bet. Could be a a very costly mismatch...
     
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