Munster too good for Edinburgh

Date published: September 24 2016

Munster continued their impressive form with a 28-14 win over Edinburgh at Thomond Park on Saturday.

Edinburgh opened the scoring through Chris Dean, but failed to capitalise on their lead despite scoring a second try late on through John Hardie. Two tries from Conor Murray regained the lead for Munster before additional scores from Conor Oliver and Dave O'Callaghan sealed the bonus point. 

The only action of a quiet opening to the game saw Edinburgh's Fraser McKenzie sent to the sin-bin after his shoulder collided with the head of Jack O'Donoghue, but the Scots were the first to score despite their numerical disadvantage. Winger Dean broke free on the left wing after the ball popped out the side of a Munster ruck, scoring from 50 metres before Duncan Weir nailed the kick. 

Munster hit back four minutes later with a strong drive from their scrum, with the pack giving scrum-half Murray the easiest job of dabbing down as they crossed the tryline. Tyler Bleyendaal's kick levelled the scores. Moments before the half-time interval, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne attempted to run clear only to be taken down on his own tryline, as Murray pounced on a loose ball to score his second of the game. 

With the try just to the left of the posts, Bleyendaal's kick was a formality and Munster went in to the break with a 14-7 lead. The hosts picked up where they left off after half-time, and a clever offload from fly-half Bleyendaal found Oliver on the left wing who beat Edinburgh's Weir with a quick step, before outpacing Ben Toolis to cross the whitewash. Bleyendaal maintained his 100 percent conversion record to extend his side's lead. 

Dave O'Callaghan secured the bonus-point win just before the hour mark, as he collected the ball while running a straight line through the Edinburgh defence to reach for the line, and Bleyendaal slotted from close range. The visitors maintained a glimmer of hope as replacement Hardie powered his way over the line, despite the best efforts of a wealth of Munster defenders. 

The scorers:

For Munster 
Tries: Murray, Oliver
Con: O'Callaghan
Pens: Bleyendaal 4

For Edinburgh 
Tries: Dean, Hardie 
Cons: Weir, Kinghorn

Munster: 15 Ian Keatley, 14 Darren Sweetnam, 13 Keith Earls, 12 Cian Bohane, 11 Ronan O'Mahony; 10 Tyler Bleyendaal, 9 Conor Murray, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Jack O'Donoghue, 6 Dave O'Callaghan, 5 Billy Holland (c), 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 John Ryan, 2 Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne
Replacements: 16 Duncan Casey, 17 James Cronin, 18 Stephen Archer, 19 Donnacha Ryan, 20 Conor Oliver, 21 Duncan Williams, 22 Dan Goggin, 23 Alex Wootton

Edinburgh: 15 Glenn Bryce, 14 Damien Hoyland, 13 Michael Allen, 12 Chris Dean, 11 Tom Brown, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 8 Cornell Du Preez, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Magnus Bradbury, 5 Ben Toolis, 4 Fraser McKenzie, 3 Kevin Bryce, 2 Stuart McInally (c), 1 Rory Sutherland
Replacements: 16 Neil Cochrane, 17 Jack Cosgrove, 18 Allan Dell, 19 Lewis Carmichael, 20 John Hardie, 21 Sean Kennedy, 22 Blair Kinghorn, 23 Rory Scholes 

Referee: Ben Whitehouse (Wales) 
Assistant Referees: Gwyn Morris (Wales), Mark Patton (Ireland)