Van Graan On Munster Star – ‘He Is One Of The Most Gifted Ballers That I’ve Ever Coached’


Munster got their season up and running in some style in Cork on Friday, running in five tries in a 32-28 win over Declan Kidney’s London Irish on the newly-installed 3G surface at Musgrave Park.

Two tries from Mike Sherry, along with one each for Brian Scott, Dan Goggin, Mike Sherry and Darren Sweetnam, ensured the southern province kick started the 2018/19 with a win under their belts.

Sweetnam stole the show on the night, with Van Graan reserving some special praise for the Corkman after the game.

“Sweets is one of the most gifted ballers that I’ve ever coached,” Van Graan told The42

“He can do incredible things.”

“Last week in the Munster golf, I had the privilege to play against him and some of the shots that he hit, I just looked at him and said, ‘Sweets, that’s not according to your handicap!’

“But he’s such an incredible footballer with his catch-and-pass, his feet, his running ability.

“I thought he really had a good game, so it’s good for us the more guys that can regain their confidence and hit the season running.”

Sweetnam enjoyed a breakout 2016/17 season under former head coach Rassie Erasmus, before losing his spot on the wing to Alex Wootton last season. But judging by these comments from the boss, the former hurler is hungry to reclaim a spot in the starting line-up.

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