World News – GB – Munster v Cardiff Blues LIVE score updates for PRO14 clash


Thomond Park is where Munster and Cardiff Blues put their unbeaten records on the line when they face off in Conference B on the PRO14 this evening

The two outfits are two out of two in the new campaign but only by the skin of their teeth in the case of Munster

The province needed a final kick from young outside Ben Healy to beat Scarlets on the road before registering a narrow two-point victory over Edinburgh at home last time around

The mood in both camps should therefore be good before this one Of course the Six Nations are also underway, so the match will represent an opportunity for some marginal players to claim their rights

It will be shown live on eir Sport 1 with their coverage starting at 745h And it will also be shown on TG4 which coverage starts at 750h

But you can follow updates from Thomond Park right here on the Irish Mirror Sport live blog

Munster: Mike Haley; Calvin Nash, Dan Goggin, Rory Scannell, Darren Sweetnam; Ben Healy, Craig Casey; James Cronin, Kevin O’Byrne, Stephen Archer; Fineen Wycherley, Billy Holland (C); Jack O’Donoghue, John Hodnett, Gavin Coombes

Substitutes: Rhys Marshall, Josh Wycherley, Roman Salanoa, Jean Kleyn, Chris Cloete, Nick McCarthy, JJ Hanrahan, Damian de Allende

Cardiff Blues: Morgan; Summerhill, Lee-Lo, Halaholo, Amos; Evans, Williams; Domachowski, Dacey, Arhip, Murphy, Thornton, Ratti, Botham, Robinson

Healy gets free and Munster is four points clear at the break in what was an entertaining half of rugby Cardiff stole the blocks with one try but Munster responded very well and Gavin Coombes had both tries of the local team

Munster’s persistence pays off as they go to put the ball in their hands and Goggin almost recovers before Coombes stacks up on the line for his second try of the match! Healy adds the extras and Munster at the head

The home team held up well against Healy and Coombes but Hodnett came just short and we left for a Munster scrum

Munster put the ball under the rider and led to the Cardiff line Gavin Coombes crosses the line up close!

It was for a blatant trip to Dan Goggin when the Munster center tried to run after a Cardiff Center grubber kick Halaholo received a yellow card for it

Jared Evans scythe through Munster’s defense at the back of a lineout and he shoots Lee-Lo to get under the posts! It is converted and it is a dream start for the exterior side

Stephen Larkham thinks Ben Healy has the chops to be Ireland’s No.10 in the future

Healy, 21, started Munster’s last PRO14 game, victory at Thomond Park against Edinburgh just over a fortnight ago

The game came 11 months after his debut against the same opposition at Musgrave Park and Larkham saw the Academy half-game grow into a senior player

Healy grabbed the headlines with his heroic winners on the bench in this season’s opener at the Scarlets – and the No.10 got the green light to start against Cardiff tonight

« Yes, he definitely has the skills (to play for Ireland), » said Larkham, Munster’s attacking coach and former full-fledged Australian player.

« He knows what he’s good at, he knows what he can bring to the team and I think he was doing it even before the previous match in Edinburgh

« If you look at Ben’s skills, he’s got a great pass, he hits the ball exceptionally well both towards the out-of-hand line and shots on goal or conversions

« And he’s got the right temper, there’s no doubt about it. I think Ben has always been very strong mentally, he’s a very stoic character

« In the last 12 months he’s been honing his skills So in my mind he’s definitely someone who has the ability to play to the next level »

Johann van Graan made nine changes in total for Munster’s first-ever PRO14 game on Monday night, with Cardiff leading Conference B and the Reds in second

Thank you for joining us as we look forward to this PRO14 shock at Thomond Park

Johann van Graan made nine changes to the roster of the squad that beat Edinburgh in the province’s last game, which was at Thomond Park just over a fortnight ago

Ben Healy remains in 10th place while promising John Hodnett gets more visibility in the back row

Billy Holland makes his first appearance of the season and leads the team, with Fineen Wycherley his second row partner

Wycherley’s younger brother Josh a prop is set to make his Reds debut on the bench

In the back row, Hodnett started on the openide and Gavin Coombes came in 8th, while Jack O’Donoghue retained his place on the blind side

Craig Casey and Academy half-eliminated Healy continue their half-back partnership while Rory Scannell is joined by Dan Goggin in midfield, with Damien de Allende providing bench cover

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