Malone's men outmuscled
Munster A 15 London Welsh 30
Published 17/10/2016 | 02:30
Reigning champions London Welsh got their title defence off to an impressive start as they outmuscled Munster A en route to a bonus-point victory in the opening round of the British and Irish Cup at Towns Park, Midleton.
The hosts began brightly and by the sixth minute were 7-0 ahead after flanker John Foley crossed to complete a fine team effort.
Scrum-half Abrie Griesel, who only started because of former Ireland international Tomás O'Leary's 11th-hour withdrawal, put lock John Madigan in space with a sumptuous delivery, before he hit the onrushing Foley, who then dotted down.
Steve Crosbie added the points but the visitors soon cut the advantage with full-back Chris Elder scoring, though Joe Carlisle's conversion was off target.
Former Leinster out-half Crosbie extended Munster's advantage with a penalty before Welsh registered a brace of five-pointers in quick succession through Robbie Narin and Ben Pienaar to take a 20-10 lead into the break.
After the restart, the visitors began exerting considerable pressure in the tight and at set-piece, but it was Peter Malone's men who scored first with a wonderfully-worked try from Colm Hogan.
However, Elder touched down again to secure the bonus point, before replacement Glyn Hughes added a penalty two minutes from time to make absolutely certain of an away victory.
MUNSTER A - C Hogan (Nash 57); A Conway, D Johnston, C Bohane, A Wootton (McMahon 75); S Crosbie, A Griesel (Poland 63); P McCabe (O'Connor 50), V O'Brien, R Burke (Kelleher 68); J Madigan (Wycherley blood 28-38), D O'Shea; S O'Connor, J Foley (Mulcahy 75), G Coombes.
LONDON WELSH - C Elder; R Nairn, J Lewis, H Stevens, M Mantella; J Carlisle, B Vellacott; N Trevett, N Morris, L Chawatama; C Beckett, A Woolford; B Pienaar, J Liston, K Murphy.