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Disappointing Munster 'A' are denied

MUNSTER got their British and Irish Cup campaign off to a very disappointing start when they were beaten by Llanelli in Waterford.

In their defence, they were not aided by the finicky refereeing of Scotland's Dave Walker, who was adamant that no play could develop from the breakdown.

In the early stages, Llanelli's Steven Shingler and Munster's Declan Cusack traded penalties, which at least gave the crowd something to enthuse about.

In the 23rd minute, the home crowd had something further to shout about when an excellent kick by Cusack gave Munster a penalty deep in Welsh territory.

The Munster forwards carried out their set-piece perfectly with hooker Sean Henry getting over the line, and Cusack converting.

Munster did suffer a setback late in the half when winger Danny Barnes suffered a suspected broken arm. As a result, the game was held up for 12 minutes.

Cusack added one more penalty for Munster but Llanelli enjoyed the lion's share of possession in the second period.

Shingler's penalties kept Llanelli in the game and in the final quarter, he scored the kicks to give them victory. Munster did have a chance to win the game but a late Conor Murray penalty went wide.

MUNSTER -- S Scanlon; D Barnes (R O'Mahony), I Dineen, T Smith, S Zebo; D Cusack (S Archer), C Murray; D Ryan, S Henry (M Sherry), D Hurley (S Archer); D Foley, I Nagle (D O'Callaghan); B Holland, T O'Donnell (P Butler), P O'Mahony.

LLANELLI -- D Newton (O Williams); J Lewis, N Reynolds, C Keenan, A James; S Shingler, G Davies (A Davies); N Monaghan (S Gardner), R Lawrence (C Hawkins); A Hopkins; A Powell, A Shingler; M Gilbert (D Eger), N Cudd, B Morgan.

REF -- D Walker (SRFU).

Irish Independent