Scannell: Munster must be ready for massive battle

Scannell: Munster must be ready for massive battle
Rory Scannell. Picture: INPHO/Billy Stickland

MUNSTER centre Rory Scannell is preparing for a big physical game against Castres on Sunday when the Reds open their European Champions Cup campaign, 2pm.

Only captain Peter O’Mahony, scrum-half Conor Murray, and fly-half Ian Keatley, an unused sub that day, are still with Munster from the clash with the French side six years ago and Scannell, is expecting exactly the same sort of tight arm-wrestle at the Stade Pierre Fabre.

“Physicality is going to be massive,” says the Dolphin player. “Pete (O’Mahony) talked about it after the game, our discipline needs to be spot on going over to France, because at the weekend when you’ve a kicker of Johnny’s standard you are going to struggle if you after giving away a lot of penalties.

"They are going to be the two keys things for us going into the weekend.” 

Castres will have a French scrum-half in Rory Kockott kicking at goal and Munster don’t need reminding after the Leinster game what the mix of poor discipline and a top class opposition kicker can do to them.

“It’s going to be the same situation. If we do not give away the controllable ones that we gave away at the weekend and keep the penalty count as low as possible we’ll have a good chance going over. 

“Our discipline let us down a bit any time we got any bit of momentum (against Leinster).

“It was a case of just trying to make as big an impact as I could when I got on the field.

“It’s great to be given the nod going into Europe. It’s going to be a big challenge this week and if I’m starting I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

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