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Munster brush Edinburgh aside

21st October 2012 14:34

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Munster s Conor Murray L escapes the tackle

Mon of the Match: Conor Murray

Munster cruised to their first win in the Heineken Cup this season with a 33-0 bonus-point victory over Edinburgh at Thomond Park on Sunday.

Munster dominated the first period but led just 6-0 at the interval.

However second-half tries from Conor Murray, Peter O'Mahony, Sean Dougall and a last-minute score from Damien Varley sealed a full house of points for the hosts.

Remarkably, last season's semi-finalists Edinburgh have yet to score a point in this season's competition, after losing 45-0 at home to Saracens last weekend.

The victory will is welcome result for Munster, who were under pressure after tasting defeat in the opening week to Racing Metro.

An uneventful first half did little to suggest that Munster would run away with the contest, with two penalties from the boot of Ian Keatley the only points on the board at the break.

But the second half was a very different story, with any hopes Edinburgh harboured of pulling off a shock extinguished in thirty second-half minutes.

Pressure from Munster had initially mounted to nothing, but the dam broke on 51 minutes, when Murray capitalised on good work from Paul O'Connell to speed over. The conversion made it 13-0 and a Keatley penalty five minutes later put further daylight between the teams.

At 16-0 with more than 20 minutes left, hope remained for Edinburgh, but Munster continued to dominate, and when O'Mahoney crashed over from a maul, the game was as good as settled.

Keatley's conversion made it 23-0 and the hosts rubbed more salt in to the wounds in the final minutes of the match.

On 74 minutes Paddy Butler broke from half-way and, though the move was halted by some desperate cover defence, Dougall was able to convert the attack into five points just moments later.

Munster now had the bonus point in their sights and their attacking enterprise was duly rewarded in the final minute, when Varley crashed over for the game's fourth try following more dominant forward play.

The scorers:

For Munster:
Tries: Murray, O'Mahony, Dougall, Varley
Cons: Keatley 2
Pens: Keatley 3

Munster: 15 Denis Hurley, 14 Doug Howlett (capt), 13 Casey Laulala, 12 James Downey, 11 Simon Zebo, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Peter O'Mahony, 7 Sean Dougall, 6 Donnacha Ryan, 5 Paul O'Connell, 4 Donncha O'Callaghan, 3 BJ Botha, 2 Mick Sherry, 1 Dave Kilcoyne.
Replacements: 16 Damien Varley, 17 Marcus Horan, 18 Stephen Archer, 19 Billy Holland, 20 Paddy Butler, 21 Duncan Williams, 22 JJ Hanrahan, 23 Felix Jones.

Edinburgh:15 Greig Tonks, 14 Lee Jones, 13 Nick De Luca, 12 Ben Atiga, 11 Tom Brown, 10 Gregor Hunter, 9 Richie Rees, 8 Netani Talei, 7 Stuart McInally, 6 David Denton, 5 Sean Cox, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 3 Geoff Cross, 2 Ross Ford, 1 John Yapp.
Replacements: 16 Andy Titterrell, 17 Robin Hislop, 18 Willem Nel, 19 Rob McAlpine, 20 Dimitri Basilaia, 21 Chris Leck, 22 Matt Scott, 23 Dougie Fife.

Referee: Wayne Barnes

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