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Simon Zebo touches down for Munster's third try again Cardiff Blues

Simon Zebo touches down for Munster's third try again Cardiff Blues

Simon Zebo touches down for Munster's third try again Cardiff Blues

Munster coach Rob Penney was relieved that the shock midweek announcement of his departure at the end of the campaign did not impact on his players as they posted their biggest score of the season.

Penney declined to discuss what flared up last Wednesday which prompted the development just when it seemed that he was poised to extend his Munster stay.

There is growing speculation that Penney may have been told he would not have autonomy in selecting his own backroom team.

"The whole focus has been on getting the boys ready for this game. As you always do, all you are doing is trying to get the best and most accurate information to the lads and ensuring they are uncluttered and able to prepare well in their own right, so it has been another really good week and we really enjoyed it," said Penney following this six tries to one win at a sparsely populated Thomond Park on Saturday where 13,800 tickets may have been sold but less than half that were in the ground on a foul night.

James Coughlan, team captain, said there was shock on Thursday when Penney and backs coach Simon Mannix announced prior to training that they were leaving.

"Their contribution to Munster has been incredible. They have maybe changed the way we have played," he said.

Munster led 19-13 at the break thanks to a try from Dave Kilcoyne and they pushed on with a penalty try after the restart when Cardiff prop Patrick Palmer was binned. Simon Zebo and Gerhard van den Heever secured the bonus point and Andrew Conway and CJ Stander wrapped it up with late tries. JJ Hanrahan was flawless with the boot, converting all six tries in a 10 from 10 performance off the tee.

MUNSTER – S Zebo; G van den Heever; C Laulala (A Conway 67), D Hurley (I Keatley 68), J Murphy; JJ Hanrahan, D Williams (C Sheridan 67); D Kilcoyne (J Cronin 61), D Casey, S Archer (J Ryan 67); D O'Callaghan, D Foley (B Holland 67); CJ Stander, B O'Mahony (S Dougall 61), J Coughlan.

CARDIFF BLUES – D Fish; H Robinson, O Williams, G Evans, C Czekaj; G Davies (S Humberstone 70), L Williams; S Hobbs, K Dacey (M Breeze 59), B Bourrust (P Palmer 49); C Dicomidis (J Down 40), F Paulo; M Cook, E Jenkins, R Copeland.

REF – G Vivarini (Italy)

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