Munster registered a hard-fough 23-13 victory over the Scarlets in their PRO12 opener at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday.
The first half saw three tries, with James Cronin and Ronan O’Mahon crossing for Munster and Gareth Davies scoring for the Scarlets.
In the second half, two Tyler Bleyendaal penalties and three points from Rhys Patchell were the only additions to the scoreboard.
Despite a period of early dominance from Scarlets, it was Munster who grabbed the first score of the game. Munster loosehead prop James Cronin powered over and placed the ball at the foot of the posts, with Bleyendaal converting.
Just before the half hour mark, Scarlets opened their account with a penalty from Rhys Patchell. The Scarlets defence was exposed again with Ronan O’Mahony able to sprint under the posts from 40 metres for Munster second try.
Scarlets eventually got the try their possession deserved couresty of a wonderful solo effort through talismanic scrum half Gareth Davies, with Patchell adding the extras.
A Bleyendaal penalty just before half time restored Munster’s seven point lead going into the break. Patchell closed the gap to four once again just after the break with his second penalty of the evening.
The battle of the kickers continued, with Bleyendaal kicking two further penalties to extend Munsters lead to ten points. To the frustration of the Scarlets players, they were unable to overcome the deficit.
A very good away win for Munster will give them confidence ahead of their next game against Cardiff Blues. For Scarlets, they travel to Murrayfield to face Edinburgh.
Tries: G Davies
Pens: Patchell 2
Tries: Cronin, O’Mahony
Cons: Bleyendaal 2
Pens: Bleyendaal 2, Keatley
Scarlets: 15 Liam Williams, 14 DTH van der Merwe, 13 Scott Williams, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Rhys Patchell, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Josh Macleod, 7 John Barclay, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Lewis Rawlins, 4 Jake Ball, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Ken Owens (c), 1 Dylan Evans
Replacements: 16 Ryan Elias, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Peter Edwards, 19 David Bulbring, 20 Tadhg Beirne, 21 Jonathan Evans, 22 Dan Jones, 23 Jonathan Davies
Munster: 15 Simon Zebo, 14 Darren Sweetnam, 13 Dan Goggin, 12 Rory Scannell, 11 Ronan O’Mahony, 10 Tyler Bleyendaal, 9 Duncan Williams, 8 Jack O’Donoghue, 7 Tommy O’Donnell, 6 Dave O’Callaghan, 5 Billy Holland (c), 4 Dave Foley, 3 John Ryan, 2 Niall Scannell, 1 James Cronin
Replacements: 16 Kevin O’Byrne, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 Brian Scott, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 Donnacha Ryan, 21 Tomás O’Leary, 22 Ian Keatley, 23 Cian Bohane.
Referee: Lloyd Linton (Scotland)
Assistant Referees: Sam Grove-White (Scotland), Wayne Davies (Wales)
TMO: Jim Yuille (Scotland)