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Munster ease past Scarlets

17th September 2011 21:40

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Howlett: On the score sheet

Munster claimed their third win of the RaboDirect PRO12 season with a 35-12 victory over Scarlets at Thomond Park.

Fly-Half Ian Keatley lands a personal tally of twenty points, as the Munstermen extend their unbeaten run in the competition to thirteen.

Munster have proven to be unbeatable on home turf in recent times, and this was to be no exception.

The Irish side had won a record twelve matches in a row in the league going into this one, and despite a number of changes in personnel, they maintained that unbeaten run.

It was the visitors who took a surprising lead though, as fly-half Dan Newtown kicked a penalty in the third minute.

Munster didn't take long to get into their usual stride however with Ian Keatley levelling things up.

Indeed, the home side had their first try of the game soon after, when a series of great passes through the backs saw Doug Howlett go over. Keatley kicked the conversion, and added another penalty to put the Irish side in the ascendancy.

Both sides traded penalties after that, before constant Munster pressure deep in the Scarlets 22 led to a penalty from Keatley; Munster were now in control.

The home side dominated for the rest of the half, but it was Scarlets who got the last score of the half, Dan Newton landing a penalty, leaving it at 20-9.

Heavy rain meant for a testing second period. Newton added another penalty for Scarlets to put them back in contention, but Ian Keatley responded with a crucial score for Munster with a placed kick of his own to give the Irish side a healthy lead with twenty to play.

Substitutes Duncan Williams and Tommy O'Donnell made sure of the win for Munster when they came off the bench to add a try apiece to give them a 35-12 win in tricky conditions.

The scorers:

For Munster:
Tries: Howlett, Williams, O'Donnell
Cons: Keatley 3
Pens: Keatley 3

For Scarlets:
Pens: Newton 3, Ford

Munster: 15 Johne Murphy, 14 Doug Howlett, 13 Tom Gleeson, 12 Lifiemi Mafi, 11 Denis Hurley, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Peter Stringer, 8 James Coughlan, 7 Niall Ronan, 6 Peter O'Mahony (capt), 5 Mick O'Driscoll, 4 Dave Foley, 3 Marcus Horan, 2 Mike Sherry, 1 John Hayes
Replacements: 16 Denis Fogarty, 17 Wian du Preez, 18 BJ Botha, 19 Billy Holland, 20 Tommy O'Donnell, 21 Duncan Williams, 22 Scott Deasy, 23 Simon Zebo.

Scarlets: 15 Dale Ford, 14 Lee Williams, 13 Rhodri Gomer Davies 12 Gareth Maule, 11 Andy Fenby, 10 Dan Newton, 9 Ruki Tipuna, 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Josh Turnbull, 6 Rob McCusker, 5 Dominic Day, 4 Lou Reed, 3 Rhys Thomas, 2 Kirby Myhill, 1 Iestyn Thomas (c).
Replacements: 16 Emyr Phillips, 17 Phil John, 18 Rhodri Jones, 19 Aaron Shingler, 20 Johnathan Edwards, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Aled Thomas, 23 Lee Rees.

Referee: Andy Macpherson (SRU)

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