FORMER Cork hurler and Munster winger Darren Sweetnam will be trying to take a leaf out of his mentor Keith Earls’ book tomorrow night at the Arms Park.
The Dunmanway man who will be trying to show his own pace and skills in Wales tomorrow evening, 5.30pm, when Munster face the Blues in the PRO14.
And he called his Munster team-mate's skills, pace and commitment ‘outrageous’ after Earls chased down Italy full-back Matteo Minozzi in the last play of their Six Nations games.
“The man is outrageous. He is electric, isn’t he?” Sweetnam said of his Munster team-mate.
“He seems to be getting faster with age. Earlsy is ridiculously good and he just seems to be getting better and better, so I think I could learn a few things off him, his running lines and whatnot.”
Earls’ hamstring injury prior to Ireland’s November campaign paved the way for Sweetnam, 24, to get his first international cap and says Earls spent a time with him, offering his wealth of experience despite his own injury disappointment.
“Definitely, Earlsy is very good for that. Even when I was up in camp and I was struggling with the moves and stuff, you could just go up to him. Even the week before the South Africa game - and he got injured - he was straight over to me helping with the moves and stuff.
"It makes such a difference. He doesn’t need to do it, but he is just such a nice guy that he will. He is very selfless. It makes a big difference.”
Munster face Cardiff away from home on their 4G pitch and while Munster coach Johann van Graan has worries about the surface, he says Cardiff’s kicking game and the threat that former Munster player Nick Williams brings will worry him even more.
“If you look at the past few weeks they have been playing very good rugby, good setpiece what they do around the lineout with Nick Williams when they maul when they get the ball to their powerful ball carriers into the game.
“Their kicking game is the thing that stands out for me. They kick on front foot ball so it’s very difficult for your back three when to be up and when to be back and especially on that (4G) pitch.”