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Munster crushed by clinical Cardiff

Cardiff  37 Munster 13


DOUBLE: Andrew Conway. Pic: Sportsfile

DOUBLE: Andrew Conway. Pic: Sportsfile

DOUBLE: Andrew Conway. Pic: Sportsfile

Munster slumped to their second defeat in four rounds of the PRO14 League when completely outplayed by Cardiff Blues at The Arms Park last night.

Cardiff looked to do to Munster what they had done to Leinster - get out of the blocks quickly.

They cracked open the defence for Owen Lane to cut through Munster with ease for a try that was called back for obstruction by Willis Halaholo on Joey Carbery. But it merely delayed Nick Williams drive for the line for Gareth Anscombe to convert in the eighth minute.

Andrew Conway quickly responded with a terrific try to make it a two-point game.

Then, a tremendous Carbery breakout conjured a second try in two minutes for Conway.

Then, Cardiff tore Munster in two when Halaholo created a try for scrum-half Tomos Williams with Anscombe converting in the 18th minute.

A Tadhg Beirne turnover earned Carbery three points for 14-13 at half-time.

The electric Halaholo exposed Jaco Taute's outside shoulder for Anscombe's conversion to take Cardiff two scores clear in the 46th minute.

The home side were making the most of their headway until Taute's steal was compromised by Peter O'Mahony's side entry into a ruck, Anscombe nailing another three to make it 24-13 in the 53rd minute.

Cardiff were intent on preventing the failures to see out games in the previous weeks, Carbery blocked down by scrum-half Williams.

Anscombe struck a penalty when Dave Kilcoyne was judged to be going for forward on the angle of a scrum in the 64th minute.

Stephen Archer's inability to hold his line in defence then allowed Anscombe to make it 30-13 from a penalty in the 72nd minute.

The bonus-point was the next target and it arrived from the hands of Tomos Williams, Anscombe adding the extras.