Tuesday 12 December 2017

Munster fall to Jackman's Grenoble

Munster 29 Grenoble 38

Tyler Bleyendaal in action for Munster against Grenoble at Thomond Park last night
Tyler Bleyendaal in action for Munster against Grenoble at Thomond Park last night
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Tyler Bleyendaal made an impressive debut for Munster, but two tries from former Ireland U-20 Denis Coulson gave Grenoble the second win of their Irish tour.

Bleyendaal came though a successful 30 minutes and played key roles in two of the three tries before his withdrawal.

Grenoble, who open their Top14 campaign next weekend, started brightly when crossing for a ninth-minute try from hooker Laurent Bouchet.

However, the home side took over as tries from skipper Cathal Sheridan and Shane Buckley gave them a 12-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Bleyendaal sent Matt D'Arcy in for the first try of his Munster spell in the 25th minute, before the New Zealander was replaced by debutant Bill Johnston after 30 minutes.

A powerful finish from ex-Worcester lock James Percival made it 19-14 at the interval and another touch down from replacement Gio Aplon in the 44th minute levelled matters.

Darren Sweetnam made the most of a sloppy Munster maul to score his side's fourth try four minutes later, but two tries in three minutes from Coulson put Grenoble in control.

Buckley pulled Munster to within two points with his second try 14 minutes from time, but Arnauld Heguy's late score sealed it for the French.

Munster - D Johnston; D Sweetnam, C Bohane, M D'Arcy, G van den Heever; T Bleyendaal, C Sheridan; J Ryan, N Scannell, BJ Botha; J Madigan, D Foley; S Buckley, J Coghlan, R Copeland. Replacements used: K O'Byrne, P McCabe, R Burke, Donncha O'Callaghan, S McCarthy, R Foley, B Johnston, D McCarthy, C Oliver, N Hodson, S McMahon.

Grenoble - G Gengenbacher; X Mignot, F Estenbanez, N Hunt, D Killoni; J Wisniewski, C McLeod; F Barcella, L Bouchet, W Desmaison, B Hand, J Percival, J Best, M Diaby, R Grice

Replacements used: A Heguy, D Coulson, M Marie, P Kimlin, C Loustalot, C Gelin, C Farrell, D Edwards, F Alexandre, J Willison, A Batlle, G Aplon.

REF - Gary Conway (IRFU).

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