Wednesday 24 January 2018

Munster power to impressive victory

MUNSTER 34 EDINBURGH 17

John Harrington

A youthful Munster enjoyed a comfortable win over Edinburgh at Thomond Park last night -- starting the match surprisingly in sync for a cobbled together team.

Ian Keatley flipped a pass to Denis Hurley who blasted past Sep Visser before popping the ball to Danny Barnes who went over for a well-worked try. Keatley added the conversion, but nine minutes later was guilty of an error that gave Edinburgh a toe-hold. An attempted grubber kick through the Scottish defensive line was badly miscued straight to Jack Gilding who charged into space and passed to Netani Talei and he put Phil Godman over in the corner.

Munster didn't panic though, and two penalties from Keatley gave them a 13-5 half-time lead. Edinburgh reduced the deficit to three points eight minutes into the second half after Tom Brown survived being tackled by Keatley and Luke O'Dea before stretching and touching down on the try-line. But Munster simply dug deep and scored a penalty try.

Scorers -- Munster D Barnes, S Zebo, L O'Dea try each, pen try. Keatley 2 pens, 4 cons. Edinburgh: P Godman, T Brown, G Laidlaw try each; G Laidlaw con.

Munster: D Hurley; L O'Dea, W Chambers, D Barnes (T Gleeson 77), S Zebo; I Keatley (S Deasy 77), T O'Leary (D Williams, 68); M Horan (J Ryan 74), D Fogarty (S Henry 68), S Archer (J Hayes 68); D O'Callaghan (I Nagle 77), M O'Driscoll (capt); B Holland, T O'Donnell, P Butler (J Coughlan 66).

Edinburgh: C Paterson (G Hunter 78); S Visser, J Thompson (H Leonard 22), J King (R Hislop 57), T Brown; P Godman (G Laidlaw 64), M Blair, K Traynor, S Lawrie (capt), J Gilding; S Cox, S Turnbull (E Lozada), N Talei (R Grant 70), R Rennie (L Niven 53), S McInally.

Referee: N Paterson (SRU)

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