Wednesday 13 November 2019

Clinical Doncaster Knights put Munster 'A' to the sword

Doncaster Kinghts 38 Munster 'A'17

Rory Scannell got Munster off to a good start with a penalty
Rory Scannell got Munster off to a good start with a penalty Newsdesk Newsdesk

Munster 'A' crashed out of the British and Irish Cup on Saturday when Doncaster Knights ended their hopes of advancing.

The hosts outscored Mick O'Driscoll's side five tries to two as they booked their place in the semi-final draw.

Rory Scannell got Munster off to a good start with a penalty but after that it went rapidly downhill.

Michael Hills touched down for the first of Doncaster's five tries and Dougie Flockhart to put them 7-3 in front.

The Championship side had the upper hand at scrum time throughout the entire game and with Munster's poor discipline resulting in numerous penalties, they were eventually made to pay.

Bruno Bravo went over for another converted try before Hills crossed for his second of the afternoon. Flockhart again added the extras to give his side a 21-3 lead at the break.

There was no let-up in the second half and when Donncha O'Callaghan was sent to the sin bin, Flockhart extended Doncaster's lead.

Latu Makaafi was driven over from close range for 31-3 and although Scannell did reply with a consolation try for Munster, Doncaster responded with Flockhart capping off a fine personal display with a converted try of his own.

Dan Goggin did cross for a second Munster try late on but at the stage, the contest was long over.

Munster 'A' - S Fitzgerald; D Sweetnam, D Johnston, G Lyons, G O'Shea (Goggin 53); R Scannell, N Cronin (J Cullen 67); L O'Connor (P McCabe 28), N Scannell (K O'Byrne 40), G Sweeney (D Lavery 53); D O'Callaghan, L Nicholas; S Buckley, S Dougall (F Bradshaw Ryan 62), J O'Donoghue (c) (B Kilkenny 53).

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