Perfect records on the line as Munster and Scarlets clash
Top of the table clash sees former Leinster flanker Jordan Coghlan make first start
Flanker Jordan Coghlan makes his first start for Munster in the Guinness Pro 12 clash away to the Scarlets. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho
Both sides will put their winning start to the campaign on the line in Parc y Scarlets this evening in a tasty top of the table clash.
Munster have scored 11 tries and conceded four in their wins over Treviso, Ospreys, Glasgow and Cardiff, while Scarlets have scored seven and conceded as many in their four wins.
“They are not as free-flowing as they were last year. They seem to be a small bit more pragmatic in what they are doing, which makes them a bit more dangerous. They have a very good side and a lot of experience there again so it should be an interesting contest,” said Foley.
10 points adrift
He has made eight changes to the side which twice came from 10 points adrift to beat Cardiff with Jordan Coghlan getting his first start.
Denis Hurley starts his first game this season at inside centre after recovering from injury, with the promising David Johnston coming in to partner him, and Irish U-20 Stephen Fitzgerald starts on the right wing.
SCARLETS: A Thomas; H Parkes, R King, G Owen, DTH van der Merwe; S Shingler, R Williams; R Evans, K Owens, S Lee; J Ball, T Price; L Rawlins, J Davies, J Barclay. Replacements: E Phillips, P John, P Edwards, G Earle, J Condy, G Davies, D Jones, T Williams.
MUNSTER: A Conway; S Fitzgerald, D Johnston, D Hurley, G van den Heever; T Bleyendaal, C Sheridan; D Kilcoyne, D Casey, BJ Botha; R Copeland, M Chisholm; D O’Callaghan, J Coghlan, CJ Stander. Replacements: N Scannell, J Cronin, J Ryan, D Foley, S Buckley, T O’Leary, I Keatley, R O’Mahony.
Referee: Gary Conway (IRFU).