RECAP: Munster v Southern Kings
READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our coverage of the Pro14 Round 11 encounter between Munster and Southern Kings in Cork.
Munster are in huge need of a Pro14 victory after a run of just one win in their last four. Defeat would see them lose three in a row at home for the first time since February 2016.
Their opponents on Friday have serious concerns of their own and come into the match with a solitary win to their name this term, which came away at Ospreys in Round Six. They failed to lay a glove on Munster on their last visit to Independent Park, suffering a 43-0 defeat.
The Kings are rooted to the foot of the Conference B table, while Munster sits a point adrift of second-place Scarlets.
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Munster: 15 Mike Haley, 14 Calvin Nash, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Dan Goggin, 11 Shane Daly, 10 JJ Hanrahan, 9 Neil Cronin, 8 Arno Botha, 7 John Hodnett, 6 Jack O’Donoghue, 5 Billy Holland (captain), 4 Fineen Wycherley, 3 John Ryan, 2 Niall Scannell, 1 James Cronin.
Replacements: 16 Kevin O’Byrne, 17 Jeremy Loughman, 18 Keynan Knox, 19 Gavin Coombes, 20 Chris Cloete, 21 Nick McCarthy, 22 Ben Healy, 23 Rory Scannell.
Southern Kings: 15 Andell Loubser, 14 Chris Hollis, 13 Sibusiso Sithole, 12 Erich Cronje, 11 Eddie Ludick, 10 Demetri Catrakils, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Bobby de Wee, 6 Lusanda Badiyana, 5 JC Astle (captain), 4 Jerry Sexton, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Alandre van Rooyen, 17 Xandre Vos, 18 Ignatius Prinsloo, 19 Aston Fortuin, 20 Thembelani Bholi, 221 Luyolo Dapula, 22 Josh Allderman, 23 Courtney Winnaar.
Referee: Nika Amashukeli (Georgia)
Assistant referees: Sean Gallagher (Ireland), Johnny Erskine (Ireland)
TMO: Charles Samson (Scotland)