Wednesday, September 17, 2008
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 Leinsters 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. Its a match not to be missed and well 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.