Scanners just the ticket for Munster

THOMOND PARK’S automated turnstiles will not be in operation for the next two games at the stadium.

Stadium management have decided to revert to hand-held scanners at all turnstiles for the upcoming games, against Ospreys this Easter Sunday and Connacht (April 18).

An internal investigation is continuing into the automatic scanner system which saw huge queues develop outside certain turnstiles at the West Stand side before last Saturday’s Munster-Leinster tie.

Stadium Director John Cantwell has again apologised for any inconvenience and has urged ticket holders to arrive at least one hour before the scheduled kick-off times.

“There were issues that arose regarding access into Thomond Park at last Saturday’s match,” said Cantwell.

“We, Munster Rugby and Thomond Park Stadium, would like to apologise to anyone who was inconvenienced and affected by this.”

Meanwhile, James Hook believes his Ospreys side “can definitely beat Munster” in Sunday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final at Thomond Park.

Sean Holley’s men travel in buoyant mood to Limerick following the last-gasp Magners League victory over Ulster last weekend. And Wales star fly-half Hook reckons the Ospreys are capable of tasting success in Ireland.

Hook, 23, said: “We can definitely beat Munster. It’s the biggest game in our history and we’ve got the chance to go and turn over the holders of the Heineken Cup in their own backyard.

“Ulster have beaten Munster twice this season but we were able to do the double over them (Ulster), so that gives us an advantage. Hopefully we can also get revenge over the Irish for what happened in the Six Nations. The prize is a home semi-final and securing that would be fantastic.”

And Hook — who scored 11 points with the boot in Belfast — reckons the Ospreys have proved they have the bottle and mental strength to claim silverware.

“Winning at Ravenhill is a massive boost because I remember losing there by 40 points two years ago,” said Hook.

in the last chance saloon to impress Lions coach Ian McGeechan before he announces his squad to tour South Africa this summer on April 21. The 33-cap Wales star faces a battle at number 10 with Ronan O’Gara. But Hook is ready for the challenge.

Hook said: “My kicking wasn’t great against Gloucester but I worked really hard and was happy with the way I bounced back against Ulster. We showed real bottle. It was a real team effort and that paid off in the end. Hopefully we can take that confidence into the game at Munster.”


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