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"If He Was An All Black..." Keith Wood On Munster's Most 'Underrated' Player

"If He Was An All Black..." Keith Wood On Munster's Most 'Underrated' Player
By Mikey Traynor
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While JJ Hanrahan stole the show with two tries on his return to Munster from Northampton against Cardiff last weekend, Irish and Munster legend Keith Wood was taken aback by another man in red.

Having made his first start of the season against Glasgow the week before, Rory Scannell featured again at 12 as Munster put the Blues to the sword and although he didn't manage to get himself one the scoresheet, his influence was clear for all to see.

Scannell laid a try on a plate for Hanrahan in the second-half with a delightful offload, and Keith Wood has claimed that this is something we would be harping on about if it were done by an All Black rather than the UCC graduate.


Speaking on Newstalk's Off The Ball on Wednesday evening, Wood said the following:

Munster scored some great tries and JJ Hanrahan for me looks like he has shed a bit of weight. He looked incredibly well balanced. There were two things that really stuck out for me.

He seemed to be at a lot of the breakdowns after he came on, he ran really good support lines, and I think Rory Scannell is the most underrated player we have at the moment. His little offload for JJ's first try was deft and beautiful and we'd be extolling the virtues if it was an All Black.

There was a lot of good things on show.

To refresh your memory, here is the try featuring Scannell's 'deft and beautiful' offload:

Whether or not that moment of skill was worth Wood borrowing one of football's most tired cliches ("If that was Messi or Ronaldo..." which we must admit we enjoy seeing applied to rugby) is one thing, his praise of Scannell as one of Munster's unsung heroes is certainly valid.

With a short trip to the Aviva Stadium for a clash with Leinster coming up this weekend, a big performance from Scannell could thurst him into Joe Schmidt's plans for the Autumn Internationals.


You can listen to Wednesday's Off The Ball in full over on Newstalk.com.

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