Sweetnam Stars In Munster’s Win

The pre-season friendly match played in August looked as if it was held in late November because of the heavy winds and rain.

The gusty weather conditions did not upset the rhythm and performance of the Munster team as they won their game 17-0 against Zebre in Waterford. This was the first win for Rassie Erasmus after being appointed as Munster’s director of Rugby.

Munster had to play against the wind in the opening half and it was the out half Ian Keatley adapting to the conditions pretty quickly and showed his game experience. He came up with well timed grubber kicks that allowed Muster to enjoy two tries. The first of the tries was through eventual man-of-the-match Darren Sweetnam.

Sweetnam was the star of the day as he put in a lot of work on the rugby field to end up with a brace of scores.

This performance puts him in good strides for the forthcoming season. Keatley was instrumental in the opening try as he made a first kick that found lively center Colm O’Shea. Keatley’s second kick that was a bit deep into the opposition 22 was pounced by Sweetnam after Zeber’s winger Giovanbattista Venditti missing it and it finally ended up with a touchdown for Sweetnam.

There was pressure from the Zebre team, but with solid defense Munster were able to keep them quiet for the first half that ended at 5-0. Munster looked very solid and firm in their defense as well as their set piece game. They really played well to come out with a superb win. Munster players played the perfect game and did not allow the well-built Italians in the Zebre side to score or move freely. Keeping them scoreless through the entire game is a very good effort from the Munster’s defense.

Ireland Rugby Team Well Positioned Against South Africa

The second test that is coming up would have a rugby team of Ireland playing. They would be playing for South Africa.

There have been five changes that is definitely a first. Quinn Roux is a South African born player who would be making a debut for the Irish team. There have been considerable changes after the historic victory the team had in Cape Town. Tadgh Furlong as well as Rhys Ruddock could be part of the pack as well. Ruddock is also set to play the role of an open side flank player. Ian Henderson would be playing on the blind side. He would be substituting CJ Stander who has been suspended for the time being.

Ireland is set to take on South Africa at the Johannesburg venue this weekend. Among the several changes that have come about in the Ireland team Quinn Roux is one of the changes made. Though he is an uncapped player, he brings in great potential for the team. In the second test that is coming up this weekend Joe Schmidt has made several changes in the selections for his squad.

The five changes that have been made and seven changes in totality include several uncapped players being added to the team. These are players like Craig Gilroy, Stuart Olding, Quinn Roux, Tadh Furlong and Rhys Ruddock. The latter would be starting on the open side. He has been playing for Springboks in November 2014. These players are coming in for players who are unwell like Chris Henry or Ian Henderson who has switched to the blind side from the lock. There might be more players coming off the bench to play in the forthcoming game. It remains to be seen how well the new players sync with the old. It would definitely be an interesting match to watch.