Old friends ready for battle as Ryan’s Racing side host O'Mahony's Munster

Old friends ready for battle as Ryan’s Racing side host O'Mahony's Munster
Donnacha Ryan and Peter O'Mahony with Munster. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

PETER O’MAHONY will face one of his great friends Donnacha Ryan who start for Racing 92 on Sunday, making an already formidable Racing lineout even more impressive.

Even though Ryan will know the Munster setup, the Reds aren’t going to go tinkering with their setpiece and will have to concentrate on being accurate in their throw and their lifts says the Munster captain.

“Something that Racing are extremely impressive at is their line-out defence, and their ability to read. Obviously with ‘Dunners’ there now, it’s a little bit more difficult,” says O’Mahony. “But we can’t throw in a new line-out menu.

“We’ve got to go back to what we know, back to our basics, and trying to be accurate; top of jump, top of lift. You’re going to be up alongside some impressive guys in the air who can read well and have the ability to defend line-outs very well. At this level, it’s a contest of the highest order, and that’s what it’s going to be at the weekend.

“Dunners’ knows what we do but we haven’t changed anything. But it’s still split-second stuff, so even I was given a (opposition) line-out call it would be very hard to react as quick as someone who knows what they’re doing. You just have to be good at it.”

Meanwhile, Munster have confirmed a number of contract updates including extensions for Billy Holland, Stephen Archer and Kevin O’Byrne.

The senior trio of Holland, Archer and O’Byrne have all put pen to paper recently while academy players Liam O’Connor, Fineen Wycherley and Calvin Nash have also committed to the province.

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