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Munster head to Aviva for big test

Wednesday, 4th October, 2017 5:46pm

Munster have suffered a blow ahead of their Guinness Pro14 clash with Leinster with confirmation that Jaco Taute will be sidelined for six months.

The 26 year old underwent surgery on Tuesday after it was confirmed the South African centre suffered knee ligament damage against the Cardiff Blues on Saturday, after being stretchered off in the 19th minute of the game.

Munster enjoyed a 39-16 bonus point win at Thomond Park, despite the Blues leading 16-13 at the interval.

Tries from Conor Murray, John Ryan, JJ Hanrahan and Robin Copeland, as well as 14 points from the boot of man of the match Ian Keatley, saw the province return to winning ways following their 37-10 loss to Glasgow Warriors the previous weekend.

The win marked the first game of the season for Lions trio Peter O'Mahony, Murray and CJ Stander while it was JJ Hanrahan's first return to action in a Munster jersey since May 2015, following a two year spell with Northampton Saints.

Munster and Leinster, who face each other on Saturday at the Aviva Stadium, are in an identical position in the Pro14, both are in second place of Conferences A and B, with four wins from five and 19 points accumulated so far.

Meanwhile, Munster confirmed this week that they had secured the services of 25 year old Tadhg Beirne who will join the province ahead of the 2018/2019 season from Scarlets. Beirne has made 29 competitive appearances for the Welsh side after making the switch from Leinster at the start of the 2016/17 season.

The move to the Llanelli-based club proved to be career defining as the Kildare native developed into one of the club’s leading forwards. He rounded off his breakthrough season with an outstanding performance in the Welsh side’s Guinness Pro12 title win in May.

A former Ireland Under 20s player, Beirne featured in all of Ireland’s games during the 2012 Under 20s 6 Nations and Junior World Championship, lining out next to current Munster men Hanrahan, Chris Farrell and Niall Scannell.

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