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JJ was terrific - Penney

28th December 2013 14:11

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Star performer: JJ Hanrahan

Munster head coach Rob Penney has hailed fly-half JJ Hanrahan for his 22-point haul in their PRO12 victory over Connacht at Thomond Park on Friday.

The 21-year-old scored all his side's points in their 22-16 win, a result that takes them an impressive eight points clear at the summit.

Penney had made fourteen changes after the Scarlets fixture but kept the faith with Hanrahan, who did not let his boss or team-mates down.

"He didn't have the best of games last week [against Scarlets], but he is an assiduous, conscientious young man who is trying hard," coach Penney told the Irish Examiner.

"He has good people around him, [coaches] Simon Mannix and Ian Costello are working hard with him and it is bearing fruit, he is a talented kid who's making huge progress.

"JJ was terrific, we all know he's a prospect and where we want him to get to, he is getting better and better.

"I am pretty pleased [with the result] given the conditions and the competitive nature of Connacht-Munster games historically. We dominated for large parts and deserved our victory. They came to disrupt us and play and they deserved their [losing bonus point] result at the end."

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