Friday 22 September 2017

Reds recover to slay Knights

Doncaster Knights 12 Munster 'A' 28

After the break, Malone’s charges were ruthless as skipper Robin Copeland crossed over before winger Calvin Nash and replacement centre Cian Bohane each raced in for intercept tries (Stock picture)
After the break, Malone’s charges were ruthless as skipper Robin Copeland crossed over before winger Calvin Nash and replacement centre Cian Bohane each raced in for intercept tries (Stock picture)

Munster 'A' emphatically rebounded from a sluggish start at Castle Park to record a bonus-point victory over the Doncaster Knights that provided a garnish to winning Pool 2 with a game to spare.

Off a well-worked lineout move, No 8 Jared Williams powered over for the hosts and fly-half Simon Humberstone slotted the conversion. Going behind sparked Munster into life and their pressure told as open-side Gavin Coombes dotted down with Te Aihe Toma levelling matters from the tee going into half-time.

After the break, Malone's charges were ruthless as skipper Robin Copeland crossed over before winger Calvin Nash and replacement centre Cian Bohane each raced in for intercept tries.

Toma, who had been switched from scrum-half to the No 10 jersey, sent over the resulting conversions, before Knights' winger Sam Edgerley scored to give the scoreline a more competitive appearance.

Munster 'A': D Johnston, C Nash, S Arnold (C Bohane 40'), D Goggin, G O'Shea (S Fitzgerald 58'), T Aihe Toma, J Poland, P McCabe (L O'Connor 51'), K O'Byrne (V O'Brien 62'), Brian Scott (R Burke 51'), F Wycherley, E Mintern (R Coffey 69'), D O'Callaghan, G Coombes (B Fallon 73') R Copeland.

Doncaster Knights: P Jarvis, A Bulumakau, L Hayes, M Clark, S Edgerley, S Humberstone (D Cusack 63'), M Heaney (B White 56'), R List (R Hislop 53'), J Bergmanas (D Nelson 53'), C Quigley (W John 45'), H Taylor, G Young, J Ram, M Hills (W Owen 40'), J Williams.

Irish Independent

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