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Published: 12:37 | 12/9/18

Van Graan questions targeting of Carbery

Munster head coach Johann van Graan says he has spoken to referees' chief Greg Garner about Glasgow Warriors' targeting of Joey Carbery on Friday.

Scrum-half Neil Cronin will miss Friday's Pro 14 clash against Conference A leaders Ospreys, which will be shown live on eir sport 1 [coverage starts 7pm] with the shoulder injury he sustained during Friday's 25-10 defeat to the Warriers at Scotstoun, while Munster captain Billy Holland also misses out with the rib injury he sustained during the game.

Van Graan was unhappy with the Callum Gibbin's challenge that led to Cronin's injury,  a tackle on Cronin's replacement Sam Arnold, and with three big Warriors' hits on Carbery, and communicated his concerns to Garner during their weekly conversation.

"There were quite a few incidents in this game, we spoke to the referee's manager as we do every single week, it's important to keep that relationship going, he's done very well in communicating back to us and they’ve been very consistent," van Graan told the 42.ie.

"The only thing that all coaches want is clarity, clarity regarding certain incidents and the TMO [Televsion Match Official] incident on Sam, the TMO [Scottish TMO Neil Paterson] couldn’t find it and I can’t do anything about that now.

"The communication has been constant, it's very important for player welfare that we look at the right things and we play within the spirit of the game, I thought it was very well handled by Craig over the weekend, offering communication as it has for the last year.

"Joey was taken out late three times over the weekend by the opposition which shows the kind of attention teams will put on him just because of his threat."

Munster's Pro 14 clash against Ospreys at Irish Independent Park, Cork, will be shown live on eir sport 1 this Friday, 14 September [coverage starts 7pm].

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