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  • Penalty goals: O'Gara (4), Keatley,
  • Guinness PRO12
  • 29th Sep 2012
  • KO 18:30
  • Ground: Liberty Stadium, Swansea
  • Att: 8,652

Ospreys v Munster - RaboDirect PRO12 match preview

Last updated: 28th September 2012  

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Ospreys go in search of their second league win of the season when they host high-flying Munster in the RaboDirect PRO12 on Saturday.

Richard Hibbard will reach a century of appearances for the Ospreys when he features against Munster. Ryan Bevington is set to make his 50th appearance for the club.

The likes of Eli Walker (shoulder), James Goode (groin), Tom Habberfield (ankle), James King (shoulder) and Tom Grabham (bruised ribs) are also unavailable due to injury.

Denis Hurley makes his return for Munster after recovering from illness (tonsillitis) which kept him sidelined for the Newport Gwent Dragons game.

Conor Murray makes his first start of the season after coming off the bench for Ulster and Dragons, while Donnacha Ryan and Peter O'Mahony are included for the first time in a match day squad this season.

Ospreys: R Fussell, H Dirksen, A Bishop, A Beck, T Isaacs, D Biggar, K Fotuali'I, R Bevington, R Hibbard, A Jarvis, Alun Wyn Jones (Capt), I Evans, R Jones, J Tipuric, J Bearman. Replacements: S Baldwin, D Jones, A Jones, J Thomas, G Stowers, R Webb, M Morgan, R Jones.

Munster: D Hurley; D Howlett Capt., K Earls, C Laulala, S Zebo, R O'Gara, C Murray; W Du Preez, M Sherry, S Archer, D O'Callaghan, B Holland, T O'Donnell, N Ronan, P Butler. Replacements: D Varley, D Kilcoyne, BJ Botha, D Ryan, P O'Mahony, P Stringer, I Keatley, J Downey.

What they said...

Ospreys backs coach Gruff Rees

"We were delighted with the win last Friday but that's forgotten about now, we've had to put that one to bed and move on. There's still a lot of work to be done, it was a better performance against the Scarlets but there's still a lot of room for improvement needed.

"We've said all along that these opening weeks of the season would see us looking at the wider squad, giving people a chance, and despite some disappointing results we believe it's been the right thing to do as we've learned a lot about the group moving forward.

"Munster have shown in the early weeks that once again they will be up there with the contenders. As always they are a big strong, with a powerful pack, but they've also developed some real cutting edge behind which makes them even more dangerous.

"Ospreys v Munster is a great contest and sums up what's best about the PRO12. We've had some great occasions here for this fixture, none more than last season where we had a big crowd and fantastic support. We need more of the same on Saturday."

Munster coach Rob Penney

"So far I think we're happy where we are; if you take the results and you think about where the team is going, in terms of the rugby stuff that is being delivered, I am over the moon.

"The bonus on the back of that positivity is that we were able to get some results in the early part of the competition, which is all good."

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