Friday 18 October 2019

Munster turn on style in second half to secure bonus-point win away to Southern Kings

Southern Kings 20 Munster 31

Liam O'Connor of Munster is tackled during the Guinness PRO14 clash against Southern Kings
Liam O'Connor of Munster is tackled during the Guinness PRO14 clash against Southern Kings

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Munster started their two-week stay in South Africa with an excellent 31-20 bonus-point win away to Southern Kings in the Guinness PRO14.

After a close first half, with the visitors only leading by four, they eventually kicked on and showed their class in Port Elizabeth.

Johann Van Grann - back in his home country - watched his Munster team go over four times to make it two from two in the competition.

It took the Irish club 20 minutes to grab the first try of the game, with Mike Halley crossing the line.

JJ Hanrahan kicked the conversion, after slotting an early penalty, to give Munster a 10-6 lead at the break.

Kings stunned the visitors in the opening minute of the second period, going over to lead 11-10, but it sparked Van Grann's side into life.

Alby Mathewson finished a wonderful move in the 50th minute to put Munster ahead again and they extended their advantage with 13 left when the television match official awarded Fineen Wycherley's try.

The visitors made the game safe three minutes later when Arno Botha got in on the act for the bonus point.

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James Cronin was sin-binned with five to go and Kings grabbed another try, but Munster - with Hanrahan kicking 11 points - held on for a hard-fought win.

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