PRO12 Preview: Connacht v Munster

first_imgPRO12 2016/178th – W4 D0 L6 – 20pts1st – W9 D0 L2 – 42pts Top try scorer4 – Niyi Adeolokun5 – Ronan O’Mahony Connacht Rugby’s last eight matches in the Guinness PRO12 have all gone in favour of the home side.Connacht have won their last six matches at The Sportsground in all tournaments since Ospreys were victorious there in round 2 of the PRO12.Munster’s solitary defeat in the last nine rounds of the Guinness PRO12 was 14-25 to Leinster at Aviva Stadium on 8 October.The Munstermen have the second-best away record in the PRO12 this season with a won four lost one record on their travels despite the fact that they have scored nine tries and conceded nine in those games.Connacht achieved a season’s double over Munster for the first time ever last year and have won three of their last four contests against their southern neighbours.Munster have been defeated on their last two visits to the Sportsground.Overall Guinness PRO12 head to head record: Did you know? Played 28, Connacht won 4, Munster won 23 with 1 game drawn.Connacht v MunsterSaturday 31st DecemberAt The Sportsground, 5.30pm.Live on TG4Referee: David Wilkinson (IRFU, 48th competition game)Assistant Referees:  Dudley Phillips, Mark Patton (both IRFU)Citing Commissioner:  Wayne Sheridan (IRFU)TMO: Simon McDowell (IRFU)Tickets: SOLD OUT 16Kieran Marmion(T) Darragh Leader(2C) Aly Muldowney(T) Miah Nikora(P) Craig Ronaldson(T/C)Peter O’Mahony(T) Ian Keatley(C/3P) Last 6 PRO12 formWllWWl (15pts)lwWWwW (23pts) 14Finlay Bealham(T) Shane O’Leary(3C/3P) Niyi Adeolokun(2T) Penalty Try(T)Johnny Holland(2C) Mike Sherry(T) Simon Zebo(T) Sat 19 Apr 14Sportsground23 Top points scorer59 – Jack Carty66 – Tyler Bleyendaal print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Thu 1 Jan 15Sportsground24 HEAD TO HEAD – RECENT GUINNESS PRO12 MEETINGS MConnacht scorersMunster scorers Sat 28 Nov 15Thomond Park18 12Tiernan O’Halloran(T) Bundee Aki(T) Craig Ronaldson(C/2P)Niall Scannell(T) Ian Keatley(C) Penalty Try(T) 22Dave Heffernan(T) Dan Parks(C/3P)JJ Hanrahan(T/C/5P) Sat 16 Apr 16Sportsground35 Fri 27 Dec 13Thomond Park16 DateVenueC 32Matt Healy(T) Danie Poolman(T) Eoin McKeon(T) Dan Parks(C) Miah Nikora(2P)Andrew Conway(T) Paddy Butler(T) Denis Hurley(T) Ian Keatley(3C/2P) Gerhard van den Heever(T) 23 Dec – Ulster (A) L 7-2326 Dec – Leinster (H) W 29-17 COMPARISONConnachtMunster Sat 28 Mar 15Thomond Park20 3 Dec – Treviso (H) W 47-82 Dec – Glasgow (A) W 16-15 Last 3 PRO12 results:25 Nov – Cardiff Blues (H) W 18-726 Nov – Treviso (H) W 46-3 42Jack Carty(2P) Shane O’Leary(T) Miah Nikora(T/2C)Duncan Casey(T) Andrew Smith(T) Keith Earls(T) JJ Hanrahan(3C) Billy Holland(T) Denis Hurley(T) Ian Keatley(3C) Simon Zebo(T)last_img

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