Tuesday 20 August 2019

Five-try romp by Munster

Peter Malone’s side did their chances of reaching the quarter-finals of the British and Irish Cup no harm. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Peter Malone’s side did their chances of reaching the quarter-finals of the British and Irish Cup no harm. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

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Munster A recorded back-to-back victories over Rotherham Titans at Ennis RFC yesterday.

Munster A 34 Rotherham Titans 3

Having defeated the South Yorkshire side at Clifton Lane 35-24 a week earlier, Peter Malone's side did their chances of reaching the quarter-finals of the British and Irish Cup no harm, recording a fine five-try drubbing of the visitors.

Early in the clash the sides exchanged penalties, with Munster out-half Steve Crosbie grabbing the opening score.

His counterpart Caolan Ryan right-footed from under the posts on 14 minutes to level matters.

Prop Peter McCabe got the first try of the day on 19 minutes, which went unconverted, and a second by Sam Arnold, converted by Crosbie, established a 15-3 half-time advantage for Munster.

Dave O'Callaghan, returning from a long injury lay-off, replaced the injured Robin Copeland after the break and further tries by Gavin Coombes, Crosbie and substitute Rory Burke exhibited the gulf in class between the sides.

Crosbie missed the conversion for Coombes' try, but he made no mistake with the other two.

Watched by an enthusiastic crowed, including the first-team squad, over the 80 minutes Munster were by far the better side and should return in the new year with a renewed pep in their step following this victory.

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Munster A - D Johnston, C Nash, D Goggin, S Arnold (C Bohane 56), G O'Shea, S Crosbie, Te Aihe Toma (J Poland 56), P McCabe, V O'Brien (K O'Byrne 27), B Scott (R Burke 56), D Foley (Capt.) (J Madigan 66), D O'Shea (S McMahon 66), E Miniter, G Coombes, R Copeland (D O'Callaghan HT).

Rotherham Titans - B Foley (M Walsh 48), T El Mahdi (J Graham 58), D Kelly, J Sykes, D Tai (M Dudman 48), C Ryan, G Tresidder, J Hutchinson, S Socino, D Herriott, M Normandale (T Salmon 70), O Curry, W van der Slyus, T Callinder (Capt.), B Lawrence (T McDonald HT).

Ref - C Evans (WRU).

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