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Munster coach on Snyman: 'That was a big moment for him'

SPOTLIGHT: Munster head coach Johann van Graan was singing Rudolph Snyman’s praises after the Springbok lock’s cameo off the bench in his team’s 34-18 win against the Stormers in Round Two of the United Rugby Championship.


Snyman made a big impression when he scored a try that helped turned the tide for Munster in the second half of that match in Limerick.

The big lock’s appearance off the bench was another big step as he is still finding his feet again after suffering a devastating ACL injury last year.

“That was a big moment for him and for us,” said Van Graan.

“Last week [against the Sharks] was all about getting back on the pitch after such an extended period [out injured] and this game was about contributing even more.

“That try was even one of the reasons why we have him at Munster, to do those type of things.


“He has a lot more to come but like I said before, he has to keep building his minutes.

“That was a special moment for him to say he has scored his first try for Munster.”

Snyman may well be on the Springboks radar after missing most of the international season and could link up again with the national side ahead of their three-Test tour of Wales, Scotland and England next month.

‘Phenomenal speed’

In what was a bit of a shock for most fans, Munster were 0-15 down after 30 minutes against a spirited Stormers side, but Van Graan said he was expecting a big showing from the Capetonians.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a concern,” said van Graan. “If you look back to the week, we spoke about their speed – and they have got some phenomenal speed.


“Having coached some of those players before with South Africa, once they get momentum, they’re pretty difficult to stop. Full credit to them.”

Additional source: Irish Mirror

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