Wednesday 7 December 2016

Munster A crash out as rain spoils expansive game-plan

Munster A 11-21 London Scottish

Published 25/01/2016 | 02:30

Torrential rain spoiled a match that saw Munster A knocked out of the British & Irish Cup Stock photo: Getty Images
Torrential rain spoiled a match that saw Munster A knocked out of the British & Irish Cup Stock photo: Getty Images

Munster were knocked out of the competition in their final pool game against a physical London Scottish side at the CBC complex at Lansdowne.

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The game was switched from Midleton due to flooding.

Torrential rain that fell before and during the game spoiled the match as a spectacle.

Munster tried to play an expansive game, despite the conditions, and they dropped the ball on too many occasions against a heavier Exiles pack and were on the back foot for long periods.

Playing with the strong wind, out-half Johnny Holland put Munster ahead with a penalty after four minutes.

London Scottish pressure was eventually rewarded with a try six minutes before the interval. From a lineout on the Munster 22, the visitors mauled towards the line and Mark Bright touched down.

The introduction of John Poland at scrum-half early in the second half gave Munster A an extra edge.

Holland restored their lead with a penalty, but the visitors replied with two penalties from Peter Lydon. Ten minutes from time, Jason Harries scored a try for the Exiles, which Lydon converted.

Munster responded, with Cian Bohane bursting through the defence to score under the posts to leave it 18-11. But Lydon put the game beyond the home side with a penalty in the final minute.

Munster A - D Johnston; S Fitzgerald (S McMahon 73), D Goggin (N Hodson 73), C Bohane, D Sweetnam; J Holland, R Foley (J Poland 48); L O'Connor, K O'Byrne (E Rossiter 79), P McCabe (B Scott 69); L Nicholas, S McCarthy; J Coghlan (O Lyons 79), S Doyle (C Oliver ht), S Buckley.

London Scottish - P Lydon; A Turner, C Jackson (M Heeks 76), J Harries, R Weir; L Millar, G Horne (N Earle 63); K Schonert (J Gibbons ht), D Cherry (A Kwasnicki 48), M Maidment (M Shields ht); R Bartle, J Brown; A Brown (T Moran 63), T du Plessis (W Smith 68), M Bright.

Ref - C Ridley (RFU).

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