Planet Rugby

Munster win big in Cardiff

23rd November 2013 20:24

Share:

Felix Jones 2011

Try for Munster: Felix Jones

Munster outscored Cardiff Blues four tries to one to claim a 31-10 Pro12 victory at Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday.

Munster regained top spot on the table after a convincing triumph in the Welsh capital.

The Irish province scored three tries in the first half through Felix Jones, Damien Varley and James Cronin, while the hosts' only response came through Simon Humberstone's penalty.

Andrew Conway added to the misery after the break with the bonus-point score before Kristian Dacey touched down to regain some pride.

However, the home side couldn't mount a comeback as they succumbed to their fifth league defeat of the season.

Cardiff have endured a difficult start to the campaign and it didn't get any easier against one of the Pro12 title challengers. Despite Humberstone opening the scoring with a penalty, the visitors completely dominated the next 30 minutes, scoring four tries.

Jones was the first to go over following excellent work from former Blues' player Casey Laulala. JJ Hanrahan was on target with the conversion and the Irish side led 7-3.

Varley then crossed the whitewash from close range before Cronin touched down after a turnover allowed the prop a simple run in. Munster's fly-half added a three-pointer late in the half as Rob Penney's men went into the interval with a 24-3 lead.

That was soon extended moments into the second period when Conway latched onto Jones' pass and scampered clear for a fine try.

Although Dacey regained some pride for the Blues by going over, they couldn't add to that score despite yellow cards to CJ Stander and Mike Sherry.

The scorers:

For Cardiff Blues:
Try: Dacey
Con: Humberstone
Pen: Humberstone

For Munster:
Tries: Jones, Varley, Cronin, Conway
Cons: Hanrahan 4
Pen: Hanrahan
Yellow cards: Stander, Sherry

Cardiff Blues: 15 Tom Williams, 14 Richard Smith, 13 Gavin Evans, 12 Dafydd Hewitt, 11 Chris Czekaj, 10 Simon Humberstone, 9 Lewis Jones, 8 Robin Copeland, 7 Josh Navidi, 6 Andries Pretorius, 5 James Down, 4 Macauley Cook, 3 Taufa'ao Filise, 2 Kristian Dacey, 1 Sam Hobbs (c).
Replacements: 16 Rhys Williams, 17 Thomas Davies, 18 Benoit Bourrust, 19 Thomas Young, 20 Rory Watts-Jones, 21 Luke Hamilton, 22 Tomos Williams, 23 Gareth Davies.

Munster: 15 Felix Jones, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Casey Laulala, 12 Ivan Dineen, 11 Johne Murphy, 10 JJ Hanrahan, 9 Cathal Sheridan, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Sean Dougall, 6 Dave O'Callaghan, 5 Billy Holland, 4 Dave Foley, 3 BJ Botha, 2 Damien Varley, 1 James Cronin.
Replacements: 16 Mike Sherry, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 Stephen Archer, 19 Donncha O'Callaghan, 20 James Coughlan, 21 Duncan Williams, 22 Johnny Holland, 23 Denis Hurley.

Venue: Cardiff Arms Park
Referee: David Wilkinson (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Greg Morgan (Wales), Justin Williams (Wales)
Television match official: Paul Adams (Wales)

  • RaboDirect PRO12 Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
RaboDirect PRO12
Saturday , April 19
Zebre vs EdinburghZebre vs Edinburgh Preview
Connacht vs MunsterConnacht vs Munster Preview
Sunday , April 20
Cardiff Blues vs ScarletsCardiff Blues vs Scarlets Preview
Newport Gwent D'gons vs OspreysNewport Gwent D
Saturday , April 26
Glasgow vs Edinburgh19:05
Thursday , May 1
Zebre vs Ospreys17:00
Friday , May 2
Benetton Treviso vs Glasgow19:00
Scarlets vs Newport Gwent D'gons19:05
Ulster vs Leinster19:30
Saturday , May 3
Edinburgh vs Munster17:00
More RaboDirect PRO12 fixtures
  • RaboDirect PRO12 Results
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
RaboDirect PRO12
Friday , April 18
Leinster 62 - 7 Benetton TrevisoLeinster vs Benetton Treviso Report
Glasgow 27 - 9 UlsterGlasgow vs Ulster Report
Saturday , April 12
Benetton Treviso 45 - 27 Newport Gwent D'gonsBenetton Treviso vs Newport Gwent D
Munster 5 - 22 GlasgowMunster vs Glasgow Report
Scarlets 27 - 20 ZebreScarlets vs Zebre Report
Friday , April 11
Ospreys 25 - 19 LeinsterOspreys vs Leinster Report
Ulster 58 - 12 ConnachtUlster vs Connacht Report
Edinburgh 22 - 29 Cardiff BluesEdinburgh vs Cardiff Blues Report
Friday , April 4
Glasgow 29 - 10 Benetton TrevisoGlasgow vs Benetton Treviso Report
Thursday , April 3
Newport Gwent D'gons 19 - 23 EdinburghNewport Gwent D
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
  • RaboDirect PRO12 Table
RaboDirect PRO12 Table
PosTeamPPts
1Leinster2074
2Ulster2065
3Glasgow Warriors1964
4Munster1963
5Ospreys1956