Planet Rugby

Munster edge out Edinburgh

05th September 2008 21:28

Share:

chris paterson scotland training

Kick Start: Paterson scored all his side's points

Heineken Cup holders Munster continued from where they left off last season with a 20-15 win over Edinburgh at Murrayfield on Friday.

The hosts battled well but suffered a dose of stage fright when it really mattered, and streetwise Munster dealt out a lesson in keeping control and turning pressure into points.

The home troops suffered a setback in the lead-up to the kick-off when international winger Simon Webster pulled out with a knee problem and replaced by rookie Mark Robertson.

But Edinburgh could not have wished for a brighter start as Scotland record-breaker Chris Paterson - his country's highest points corer - confidently slotted a simple penalty when Munster failed to release the ball in contact.

The strike acted as a wake-up call for the visitors and they seized control with a try after four minutes.

Winger Keith Earls was the man who found the gap to gleefully skid over after a flowing move - veteran Test ace Ronan O'Gara banging over the conversion.

Munster continued to hold the upper hand, but Edinburgh had a let-off when O'Gara squandered a penalty chance.

At the other end, Paterson returned to the spotlight to narrow the gap to a single point thanks to another pinpoint kick midway through the half.

The penalty duel continued to go the way of the Scot with O'Gara sending another effort wide from 45 metres twelve minutes before the interval.

And that was the cue for the match to burst into life as Munster created a superb second touchdown.

Paul O'Connell, Donncha O'Callaghan and Doug Howlett were all involved in the sequence which led to number eight David Wallace plunging over.

O'Gara rediscovered his touch to slot the conversion - then traded penalties with Paterson to leave the Irish side eight points to the good at the break.

Then, joy turned to despair for the Gunners when centre Nick De Luca thought he had pulled back a score after chasing Phil Godman - only for the video referee to chalk it off.

To make matters worse for Edinburgh, O'Gara added to his penalty count, though Paterson replied in identical style to keep his side in the hunt.

He repeated the feat in stoppage time to claw back a consolation bonus point.

The scorers:

For Edinburgh:

Pen: Paterson 5

For Munster:

Tries: Earls, Dowling

Con: O'Gara 2

Pen: O'Gara 2

Edinburgh: 15 Hugo Southwell, 14 Chris Paterson, 13 Calum MacRae, 12 Nick De Luca, 11 Simon Webster, 10 Phil Godman, 9 Mike Blair (c), 8 Allister Hogg, 7 Alan MacDonald, 6 Matt Mustchin, 5 Ben Gissing, 4 Craig Hamilton, 3 Geoff Cross, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Allan Jacobsen.

Replacements: 16 Andrew Kelly, 17 Gavin Kerr, 18 Scott Newlands, 19 David Callam, 20 Greig Laidlaw, 21 Mark Robertson, 22 Andrew Turnbull.

Munster: 15 Doug Howlett, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Lifeimi Mafi, 12 Rua Tipoki, 11 Ian Dowling, 10 Ronan O'Gara, 9 Tomas O'Leary, 8 David Wallace, 7 John O'Sullivan, 6 Donnacha Ryan, 5 Paul O'Connell (c), 4 Donncha O'Callaghan, 3 Frederico Pucciariello, 2 Jerry Flannery, 1 Marcus Horan.

Replacements: 16 Frankie Sheahan, 17 Tony Buckley, 18 Mick O'Driscoll, 19 Justin Melck, 20 Peter Stringer, 21 Paul Warwick, 22 Barry Murphy.

Referee: James Jones (Wales)

Touch judges: Rob Dickson (Scotland), Alan Forrest (Scotland)

Television Match Official: Ian Ramage (Scotland)

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , September 21
Newcastle vs NorthamptonNewcastle vs Northampton Preview
Friday , September 26
London Welsh vs Gloucester19:45
Saturday , September 27
Saracens vs Sale15:00
Leicester vs London Irish15:00
Northampton vs Bath15:15
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
Rugby Championship
Saturday , September 27
South Africa vs Australia16:05
Argentina vs New Zealand23:10
More Rugby Championship fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Sunday , September 21
Ospreys vs EdinburghOspreys vs Edinburgh Preview
Friday , September 26
Edinburgh vs Scarlets19:35
Leinster vs Cardiff Blues19:35
Glasgow vs Connacht19:35
Saturday , September 27
Zebre vs Ulster15:00
Munster vs Ospreys18:30
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Saturday , September 27
Toulon vs Montpellier18:00
Stade Francais vs La Rochelle18:00
Oyonnax vs Clermont Auvergne18:00
Grenoble vs Racing Metro Paris18:00
Bayonne vs Toulouse18:00
Brive vs Bordeaux-Begles18:00
Lyon vs Castres18:00
More Top 14 fixtures
Currie Cup
Friday , September 26
Cheetahs vs Blue Bulls19:10
Saturday , September 27
Sharks vs Eastern Province Kings14:00
Pumas vs Western Province15:00
Griquas vs Lions15:00
More Currie Cup fixtures
ITM Cup
Sunday , September 21
Otago vs WaikatoOtago vs Waikato Preview
More ITM Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , September 20
Sale 46 - 8 London WelshSale vs London Welsh Report
Harlequins 26 - 23 WaspsHarlequins vs Wasps Report
London Irish 32 - 36 SaracensLondon Irish vs Saracens Report
Bath 45 - 0 LeicesterBath vs Leicester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Newport Gwent D'gons 13 - 33 GlasgowNewport Gwent D
Scarlets 43 - 0 Benetton TrevisoScarlets vs Benetton Treviso Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Top 14
Racing Metro Paris 27 - 16 ToulouseRacing Metro Paris vs Toulouse Report
Grenoble 24 - 15 Bayonne
Clermont Auvergne 43 - 12 LyonClermont Auvergne vs Lyon Report
Montpellier 23 - 3 Stade FrancaisMontpellier vs Stade Francais Report
La Rochelle 26 - 29 Bordeaux-Begles
Castres 27 - 18 Oyonnax
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Western Province 36 - 12 GriquasWestern Province vs Griquas Report
Blue Bulls 15 - 26 SharksBlue Bulls vs Sharks Report
Eastern Province Kings 22 - 37 CheetahsEastern Province Kings vs Cheetahs Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Hawkes Bay 36 - 17 Bay Of Plenty
Auckland 32 - 7 North HarbourAuckland vs North Harbour Report
Manawatu 36 - 17 Southland
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 19
Gloucester 22 - 25 ExeterGloucester vs Exeter Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Munster 31 - 5 ZebreMunster vs Zebre Report
Connacht 10 - 9 LeinsterConnacht vs Leinster Report
Cardiff Blues 9 - 26 UlsterCardiff Blues vs Ulster Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Top 14
Brive 13 - 53 ToulonBrive vs Toulon Report
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Lions 29 - 15 Pumas
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Counties Manukau 20 - 28 CanterburyCounties Manukau vs Canterbury Report
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Bath314
2Saracens313
3Exeter310
4Leicester Tigers39
5Harlequins38