Friday 19 April 2019

Mike Haley's try helps Munster to win over the Cheetahs after they survive late onslaught

Alby Mathewson of Munster in action during the Guinness PRO14 Round 8 match between Cheetahs and Munster at Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Photo by Johan Pretorius/Sportsfile
Alby Mathewson of Munster in action during the Guinness PRO14 Round 8 match between Cheetahs and Munster at Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Photo by Johan Pretorius/Sportsfile
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Munster held off a stunning fightback from Cheetahs as Mike Haley's late try earned a 30-26 victory in the Guinness PRO14.

Scores from Arno Botha, Kevin O'Byrne and Liam Coombes helped the Irish club build a healthy 22-5 advantage early in the second half at Toyota Stadium, with Joseph Dweba crossing in reply for the hosts.

But the South African side battled back and moved four points ahead with 16 minutes to play after Tiaan Schoeman converted tries from Dweba, Ox Nche and Rhyno Smith.

Munster, who had Chris Cloete sin-binned for kicking the ball in an offside position in the 26th minute, showed resilience and Haley touched down 12 minutes from the end, before Rory Scannell added a late penalty.

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