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Thursday 18 January 2018

Plymouth take full advantage of Nagle sin-binning

Plymouth Albion 17 Munster 'A' 7

British & Irish Cup

Munster 'A' and Plymouth Albion both came to Brickfields with 100pc records in this season's competition, so something had to give.

Unfortunately for Munster it was Plymouth who came out on top after outscoring their visitors by two tries to one. Munster will be disappointed not to have got something from the game, as their efforts deserved at least a losing bonus point.

In perfect conditions, the scoring was opened when Munster were caught offside in front of their posts. Dan Mugford converted the penalty.

Plymouth stretched their lead in the 26th minute when neat inter- passing put flanker Sam Matavesi over, with Mugford adding the extras.

Munster then took the game to Plymouth and lively left wing Ronan O'Mahony side-stepped his way under the posts for a try that Johnny Holland converted, which sent his side into the break trailing 10-7.

Munster were reduced to 14 early in the second half when lock Ian Nagle was yellow-carded and while he was off the field, Plymouth wing Tom Bowen crossed for a try that Declan Cusack converted.

Late in the game Cusack missed a long-range penalty and it was Plymouth who finished the game on the front foot.

Plymouth Albion – B Woods; T Bowen, H Stevens, P Nonu (T Howley-Berridge 64); J Davies, D Mugford (D Cusack 53); R Cushion capt, T Harrison (B Rogers 53), L Cowan-Dickie (M Crumpton 40), L Fairbrother, I Ascroft-Leigh (D Williams 40), B Beukeboom, S-M Stephen, S Matavesi, H Stupple

Munster A – R Scannell; L O'Dea (N Kenneally 72), C Bohane, I Dineen, R O'Mahony; J Holland, D Williams (G Hurley 80); A Cotter (B Scott 75), N Scannell capt, J Ryan, D Foley (D O'Shea 64), I Nagle, D O'Callaghan, R Murphy (T O'Donnell 52), S Buckley

Ref – James McPhail (SRU)

Irish Independent

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