Munster edge out Edinburgh to go top

Date published: February 3 2017

Munster returned to the top of the PRO12 table after grinding out a hard-fought 10-9 victory over Edinburgh at Myreside on Friday.

Ronan O’Mahony’s first half score was the only try of the night, with Tyler Bleyendaal securing the win from the tee. The result marked Munster’s seventh straight victory in the competition.

All of Edinburgh’s points came from the boot of Jason Tovey, with attacking, free-flowing rugby at a premium for both sides in the atrocious weather conditions.

Fly-half Tovey opened the hosts’ account from the tee following a scrum penalty, before Munster took the lead after a quarter of an hour. The visitors played patiently through the phases to work towards the whitewash before shipping the ball out to Bleyendaal, who broke the Edinburgh line and found wing O’Mahony to touch down.

The fly-half kicked the extras to make it 7-3. Duncan Williams was shown to the sin bin for a professional foul, having kicked the ball from his opposite number’s hands, allowing Tovey to restore Edinburgh’s lead with consecutive penalties before the break.

The deteriorating conditions only got worse after the break, leading to a number of handling errors and plenty of kick tennis. The first score of the second half came from Bleyendaal’s 66th minute penalty, edging his side in to a 10-9 lead.

Edinburgh went close to winning the tie with the final kick of the game as Blair Kinghorn went for the posts from 51 metres in the 84th minute, but his kick fell short of the posts.

The scorers:

For Edinburgh:
Pens: Tovey 3

For Munster:
Con: Bleyendaal
Pen: Bleyendaal
Yellow Card: Williams

Edinburgh: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Damien Hoyland, 13 Chris Dean, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Tom Brown, 10 Jason Tovey, 9 Sean Kennedy, 8 Cornell Du Preez, 7 John Hardie, 6 Magnus Bradbury, 5 Ben Toolis, 4 Fraser McKenzie, 3 Murray McCallum, 2 Neil Cochrane (c), 1 Jack Cosgrove
Replacements: 16 Stuart McInally, 17 Derrick Appiah, 18 Nick Beavon, 19 Lewis Carmichael, 20 Viliame Mata, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Michael Allen, 23 Rory Scholes

Munster: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Calvin Nash, 13 Francis Saili, 12 Dan Goggin, 11 Ronan O’Mahony, 10 Tyler Bleyendaal (c), 9 Duncan Williams, 8 Jack O’Donoghue, 7 Conor Oliver, 6 Dave O’Callaghan, 5 Dave Foley, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Stephen Archer, 2 Rhys Marshall, 1 Peter McCabe
Replacements: 16 Kevin O’Byrne, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 Brian Scott, 19 Darren O’Shea, 20 Billy Holland, 21 Tommy O’Donnell, 22 Angus Lloyd, 23 Rory Scannell

Referee: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Sean Brickell (Wales), Dunx McClement (Scotland)
TMO: Neil Hennessy (Wales)