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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Keith Earls scores a fantastic individual try for Munster

Young Munster fullback Keith Earls notched up a hat-rick of tries and landed the Man of the Match award against the Newport Gwent Dragons on Sunday, as the European champions romped to a 50-6 Magners League win at Musgrave Park.

Earls was in superb form, stealing the show as the Munstermen ran in seven tries against a hapless Dragons team that are low on confidence after losing their first two league games.

In only his second competitive start for the senior side, 20 year old Earls followed on from his three tries from two pre-season games, and his one against Edinburgh on league debut.

Receiving the ball on the run from center Lifeimi Mafi, the show and go dummied pass to Ian Dowling opened up the space on the left touchline before Earls kicked ahead, chased, and with the bounce not quite perfect, he nonchalantly chipped the ball up into his hands before crossing for a superb individual try that had the crowd on their feet.

With Leinster’s flyer Luke Fitzgerald scoring three of his own on the same weekend, Irish rugby looks to have a pair of young stars in the making, both of whom seemingly posses the raw talent and confidence to become big names in the future.

The Magners League champions Leinster will meet Heineken Cup holders Munster at the RDS in two weeks time, a head to head that will see some of the finest Irish stars up against each other, as well as a flying Kiwi or two. It’s a match not to be missed and we’ll do what we can to feature it on here.

As for Keith Earls, remember the face because you're going to be seeing a lot more of it in the months to come.



  • First Comment! great footballing skills....

    By Anonymous TotalRugby, at September 17, 2008 11:10 am  

  • y didn't that no.11 tackle him
    i would have gone through with it, wether he kicked it or not

    By Blogger sebastian, at September 17, 2008 11:19 am  

  • i think that's tal selley and yes he should definitely have brought earls down there.

    good clip though, it's so unusual to see munster do something exciting!

    By Anonymous felix, at September 17, 2008 12:00 pm  

  • great chip back into his hands!!!

    By Anonymous Cheis, at September 17, 2008 12:11 pm  

  • @Felix
    Munster are capable of shutting down the opposition when they have to, with last years ERC final being a prime example. It's boring, but that's how you win trophys sometimes.

    The days of Munster only playing a 10 man game are long gone. Over the last few years they've developed young players @ 11-15 like Earls, Ian Dowling and Barry Murphy, and bought in players like Dougie Howlett, Rua Tipoki and Lifeimi Mafi to fill the gaps. When the match allows they're capable of doing this every weekend.

    By Anonymous Gary, at September 17, 2008 12:28 pm  

  • Good try but i'd have said a few of the other ones they scored that day were better. Good skill and good finish though. Munster played well but has to be said Dragons are absolutely awful, i would not be surprised at all if Connacht finish above them this year.

    It's great that every team seems to be taking the magners league seriously this year, welsh and irish sides in the past have taken second string teams away from home but that hasn't happened this year so far, still early in the season but the league is looking good.

    By Anonymous geraint, at September 17, 2008 1:17 pm  

  • guy played ireland A in 2007....cant forget him! i thought of him as keith wood flying down the wing lol

    By Anonymous bD, at September 17, 2008 11:29 pm  

  • Hey RD can you put this vid back up it didnt work

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 18, 2008 7:54 am  

  • chazza... refresh your browser, it never went anywhere.

    By Anonymous Greiffel, at September 18, 2008 9:38 am  

  • 11 was in no position to be takling anyone

    By Anonymous tyler, at September 24, 2008 11:55 pm  

  • He makes it look all-too-easy. Promising young fella', he seems to be.

    By Anonymous Tits McGee, at February 07, 2009 7:01 am  

  • Keith Earls is utter shit, how this kid is keeping Rua Tipoki out of a position in Munster is Scandalous. I disagree with Felix munster are a force to be reckoned with in both NH and SH rugby, They know how to win the big games. I'd love to see them against the Crusaders it would make an awesome spectacle. The fact that the Heineken cup, The EDF Cup and the 6 Nations Grand slam all belong in the magners league for the last 2 years is a good advertisement for the league also.

    By Anonymous AllBlackJack, at June 19, 2009 8:25 pm  

  • exactly why hes the next big thing in world rugby

    By Blogger Paul Gormley, at July 23, 2009 5:51 pm  

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