Young Munsters' look to bounce back at Terenure this weekend

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Young Munsters' look to bounce back at Terenure this weekend

Young Munster head coach Gearoid Prendergast

YOUNG Munster head coach Gearoid Prendergast is confident his side can recover from Saturday’s gut-wrenching home defeat to Clontarf in time for this weekend’s crucial away fixture with Terenure College.

Young Munster slipped to seventh-placed in the Ulster Bank League Division 1A table – and eight points off the play-offs – and suffering a hugely frustrating one-point defeat to Clontarf at Greenfields on Sunday last.

Munsters’ now face Terenure College in two back-to-back top flight fixtures, beginning with Saturday’s trip to Lakelands before the sides renew rivalry at Clifford Park on Saturday, December 9.

Asked if it would be hard to pick things up for the last two fixtures before Christmas given the disappointing nature of Saturday’s defeat, Young Munster head coach Gearoid Prendergast said: “It will and it won’t. We have had a couple of disappointing defeats.

”I remember last season losing to Trinity in a tight game and then going up to ‘Clontarf and beating them.

”Terenure is a hard place to go, but we won up there last season and will look to do the same this time round.”

Prendergast was disappointed with the manner in which his side fell 15 points in arrears in the opening half of last Saturday’s 23-22 defeat to Clontarf at Greenfields.

The game was a repeat of last season’s Ulster Bank League Division 1 semi-final meeting between the clubs which the Dubliners also emerged victorious in at Castle Avenue.

Gearoid Prendergast said: “The first 20 minutes were very frustrating because we had a lot of possession but unfortunately we didn’t convert that into points, I felt.

”Then they got two quick scores against the run of play, unfortunate individual errors. That 15 point start we gave them made the difference at the end.

”I know, right at the end there (to lose) with a penalty, it is very frustrating, but to be fair to them they got through very high phases of play. It cost us right at the end.

“The last two games we haven’t gotten the breaks we would like to get, but there is still a lot to play for, a long season to go.

“We have Terenure back-to-back. They are two huge big games. They are going well, so it will be a difficult game away next Saturday.

”Look, we will recharge the batteries next week, get back into it and target two wins. If we achieve that, all of a sudden this league changes again.

”The league constantly changes. That is one thing we have learned over the years.”

Young Munster have won just three of their opening eight league fixtures this season to trail the three sides placed between second and fourth in the top flight table by eight points.