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Munster win big in Cardiff

23rd November 2013 20:24

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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)

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