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Durban Pitch In Dire State For Sharks v Munster Clash

Durban Pitch In Dire State For Sharks v Munster Clash
By Eoin Harrington Updated
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Munster knew they had a tough challenge ahead of them on Saturday afternoon, as they travelled to face the Cell C Sharks in the last 16 of the Champions Cup.

Though Munster sit ahead of the Sharks in the URC table, travelling to South Africa is a notoriously difficult challenge, and they would need everything in their arsenal if they were to get the better of the Durban team.

It did not help, then, when they found the pitch in a shocking state ahead of kick-off on Saturday.

The Kings Park Stadium pitch could be seen cutting up badly within the first five minutes of the game, and it led fans and pundits alike to question the maintenance of the ground for such an enormous game.

Sharks v Munster: Durban pitch under scrutiny

For Munster, the tie could hardly have gotten off to a better start. Wing Shane Daly scored a sensational try within just six minutes of kick-off, galloping down the wing before evading the attention of the Sharks defence to touch down and give his team an early lead.

1 April 2023; Shane Daly of Munster dives over to score his side's first try during the Heineken Champions Cup Round of 16 match between Cell C Sharks and Munster at Hollywoodbets Kings Park Stadium in Durban, South Africa. Photo by Darren Stewart/Sportsfile

However, the video footage of Daly's try shows just how badly the pitch was cutting up, with only five minutes of the game gone.


As Daly evaded tackles from the desperate Sharks defence, pieces of turf could be seen easily flicking up from the boots of the players, leading to concerns about the condition of the pitch.

On what was already set to be a massive day for both teams, in scorching hot conditions, this would only make the test all the more difficult for Munster.


The condition of the pitch garnered much reaction from fans watching the match, and it was the centre of attention on Twitter during the first half.

Concerns were raised that the awful state of the field could lead to injuries for players on both sides. It was certainly safe to say that the pitch was not one befitting of such a huge and enticing clash in the knockout stages of the Champions Cup.

The pitch continued to cut up as the first half went on, with the issue worsening with every minute in the baking 26 degree heat in Durban.

The conditions at Kings Park would only make the challenge tougher for Munster, and the Sharks did not take long to find their way back in to the game. Two tries and a penalty saw them go in at half-time three points up, with a second try for Munster from Dave Kilcoyne keeping them in the game.

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