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Munster take another close one

10th December 2011 14:31

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Lifeimi Mafi looking for an offload for Munster

Not much in it: Munster edge win

Munster made it three wins from three in the Heineken Cup on Saturday as they battled to a workmanlike 17-14 win away to Pool 1 rivals the Scarlets.

Scarlets battled hard to try and gain something from the game, but the visitors held on to win.

The home team started much the better, and had a try within the first five minutes. Back-row Aaron Shingler it was who dived over for the Welsh side.

Rhys Priestland added a penalty two minutes later to leave Scarlets 8-0 up after ten minutes.

Munster took a while to get themselves back in the contest, but eventually began to threaten midway through the half at Parc y Scarlets.

Scarlets held up well, but Munster got off the mark on 25 minutes via a Ronan O'Gara penalty.

The Irish side were now looking a much better outfit, and drew level just after the half-hour mark, when a great move down the right hand side saw Niall Ronan dive over.

Scarlets, who had looked in control early on, were now struggling, and when Ronan O'Gara landed a penalty right on half time, Munster somehow had a three point lead at the interval.

The home side needed to respond, and did just that with a Priestland penalty ten minutes into the second period.

However, the reliable boot of O'Gara restored the Munster lead soon after with a placed kick of his own.

Indeed O'Gara was yet again on target with fifteen minutes to play with another penalty to leave six between the teams, with Scarlets slowly running out of time.

Stephen Jones came off the bench to land a penalty with ten to play for Scarlets, but it was too little too late for them, as Munster held on to record a third win in their Heineken Cup pool.

The scorers:

For Scarlets:
Tries: Shingler
Pen: Priestland 2, Jones

For Munster:
Tries: Ronan
Pen: O'Gara 4

Scarlets: 15 Liam Williams, 14 George North, 13 Scott Williams, 12 Jonathan Davies, 11 Sean Lamont, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Rob McCusker, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Damian Welch, 4 Sione Timani, 3 Rhys Thomas, 2 Matthew Rees, 1 Iestyn Thomas.
Replacements: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Phil John, 18 Deacon Manu, 19 Kieran Murphy, 20 Jon Edwards, 21 Tavis Knoyle, 22 Stephen Jones, 23 Viliame Iongi.

Munster: 15 Denis Hurley, 14 Johne Murphy, 13 Will Chambers, 12 Lifeimi Mafi, 11 Simon Zebo, 10 Ronan O'Gara, 9 Conor Murray, 8 James Coughlan, 7 Niall Ronan, 6 Peter O'Mahony, 5 Paul O'Connell, 4 Donnacha Ryan, 3 BJ Botha, 2 Damien Varley, 1 Wian du Preez.
Replacements: 16 Denis Fogarty, 17 Marcus Horan, 18 John Hayes, 19 Donncha O'Callaghan, 20 Denis Leamy, 21 Tomas O'Leary, 22 Ian Keatley, 23 Danny Barnes.

Referee: Romain Poite (France)

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