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Action from the Magners League game against Aironi
Billy Stickland
Good start for Munster
9 September 2010, 5:05 pm
By Pat Geraghty
Three second half tries - two from Niall Ronan - helped Munster to a bonus point 33-17 win over Aironi Rugby at Musgrave Park
They sides were tied 11 points apiece at half time but an improved second half performance that yielded two tries for Ronan and Tony Buckley saw Munster deseredly claim full points.

Two Paul Warwick penalties and a superb 26th minute try from Felix Jones saw them take a 11-6 lead but it was short lived, Ludovic Mercier orchestrating the move that ended in a try for Julien Laharrague seven minutes from the end of the first half.

Munster upped the pace from the restart and Ronan scored the first of his brace in the 45th minute. Three minutes later it was Buckley who applied the finishing touches to more good forward momentum and although Mercier kept Aironi clinging on with a 54th minute penalty, Warwick cancelled that out with a smartly taken drop goal from line-out ball secured by Billy Holland.

Another Mercier penalty followed but then Doug Howlett's searing break set Johne Murphy racing for the line only to be denied by a last gasp tackle. Support however was quick to arrive with Ronan diving over to score and Warwick adding the extras.

Munster: F Jones; D Howlett, J Murphy, S Tuitupou, I Dowling; P Warwick, P Stringer; W du Preez, D Varley, T Buckley, M O'Driscoll, B Holland; D Ryan, N Ronan, D Leamy capt. Replacements: D Fogarty, M Horan, J Hayes, A Quinlan, P O'Mahony, D Williams, S Deasy, D Barnes

Aironi Rugby: Julien Laharrague; Giulio Rubini, Roberto Quartaroli, Dylan Des Fountain, Giulio Toniolatti; Ludovic Mercier, Tito Tebaldi; Alberto De Marchi, Fabio Ongaro, Salvatore Perugini; Carlo Del Fava, Quintin Geldenhuys; Jaco Erasmus, Gareth Krause, Nick Williams. Replacements: Andrea De Marchi, Roberto Santamaria, Luigi Milani, Marco Bortolami, Aldo Birchall, Michael Wilson, Alberto Benettin, Gabriel Pizarro.

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