Monday 10 December 2018

Sherry on double in Cork

Munster 32 London Irish 28

London Irish director of rugby Declan Kidney admiring the new pitch at Irish Independent Park last night. Photo: Sportsfile
London Irish director of rugby Declan Kidney admiring the new pitch at Irish Independent Park last night. Photo: Sportsfile

Mike Sherry crossed for two tries as Munster got their pre-season campaign off to a winning start over Declan Kidney's London Irish at Irish Independent Park last night.

On the first game played on the newly-laid 3G surface at the Cork venue, local boy Darren Sweetnam bagged Munster's first try shortly after the visitors took the lead through Matt Williams' breakaway effort on 12 minutes.

Munster's Mike Haley and Liam Coombes celebrate with teammates. Photo: Sportsfile
Munster's Mike Haley and Liam Coombes celebrate with teammates. Photo: Sportsfile

After that score Munster bossed the game for long periods and it was no shock when Brian Scott scored Munster's second while Dan Goggin crossed before the break to put them well ahead.

Oliver Hoskins hit back just before the interval off a rolling maul for London Irish, although JJ Hanrahan's drop goal ensured Munster were 20-14 up at the break.

After the resumption, new signing Mike Haley got a run-out and Munster stretched their advantage when Sherry bagged his first try of the night off the back of a maul, which was converted by replacement Ian Keatley, and his second try came in a similar fashion five minutes from time.

Munster - S Fitzgerald; C Nash, D Goggin, R Scannell, D Sweetnam; JJ Hanrahan, J Hart; J Loughman, K O'Byrne, B Scott; F Wycherly, D O'Shea; D O'Callaghan, T O'Donnell (c), G Coombes. Reps: C Gleeson, C Parker, B Holland, J Kleyn, M Sherry, S O'Connor, S Daly, L Coombes, M Haley, D Kilcoyne, J Daly, N Cronin, J Stafford, I Keatley, A McHenry.

Munster's Darren Sweetnam in action against London Irish's Ollie Hassell-Collins. Photo: Sportsfile
Munster's Darren Sweetnam in action against London Irish's Ollie Hassell-Collins. Photo: Sportsfile

London Irish - G Tonks; T Ojo, M Williams, F Mulchrone, L McLean; T Brophy Clews, B Meehan; G Reid, D Porecki, O Hoskins; B Maddison, S de Chaves; J McNally (c), M Northcote-Green, M Rogerson. Reps: S Fainga'a; H Elrington, P du Plessis, T Paulo, S Twomey, B McKibbin, S Myler, J O'Sullivan, I Curtis-Harris, J Schatz, O Hassell-Collins, B Campbell, R Knight, S Steele, S O'Hagan.

Ref - F Murphy (IRFU)

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