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Munster Edge Past London Irish In Cork

17th August 2018 By The Editor

Darren Sweetnam scoring Munster

Darren Sweetnam scoring Munster's first try against London Irish.

Munster 32-28 London Irish

Tries from Darren Sweetnam, Brian Scott, Dan Goggin and Mike Sherry saw Munster claim a 32-28 win over London Irish in the first game on the new modified 3G surface at Irish Independent Park in the Kearys Renault Series 2018.

JJ Hanrahan kicked a conversion and a drop-goal with Ian Keatley also adding a conversion.

The game saw Munster play on the new modified 3G pitch at Irish Independent Park for the first time with the surface installed by Tralee-based company PST Sport over the summer.

Next up for Munster is Exeter Chiefs at Irish Independent Park next Friday at 7.30pm, tickets are available here.

Munster dominated the opening 10 minutes but Irish defended well before hitting Munster with a suckerpunch. Centre Matt Williams hacked a loose ball into the Munster 22 before showing impressive speed to race clear and score. Greig Tonks added the extras.

Munster responded excellently and scored in similar fashion moment later. Dan Goggin hacked a loose London Irish pass clear and Sweetnam picked up the mantle with the winger showing his footballing skills to kick well into the 22 and control the bouncing ball to score in the left corner.

With JJ Hanrahan receiving treatment, James Hart assumed the kicking duties but couldn’t land the tough conversion.

Munster were ahead on 19 minutes with Sweetnam and Stephen Fitzgerald setting up good field position after a break up the right wing with Scott pouncing to score an opportunistic try.

Hanrahan saw his conversion drift just wide but made no mistake with a drop-goal on 29 minutes to move Munster 13-7 ahead. The score came after a thrilling move as Hanrahan’s crossfield kick found Sweetnam with offloads from the winger and full-back Fitzgerald nearly carving open Irish but the Exiles were tackling well.

Now firmly in the ascendancy, Munster were in for their third try on 34 minutes as Goggin powered over in the left corner with Hanrahan’s excellent conversion making it 20-7.

London Irish hit back with a Will Hoskins try off a rolling maul on the stroke of half-time but Munster led 20-14 at the interval.

Munster made a raft of changes at half-time and lost some of their fluency as a result but Sherry crossed from a lineout maul after another dominant spell with Keatley’s conversion giving Munster a 27-14 lead.

A fifth try in the final five minutes was no more than Munster deserved after another rolling maul. Well-taken late scores from Topsy Ojo and Scot Steele in each corner saw London Irish end the night on a high but the win was Munster’s.

Kearys Renault Series 2018 Round-Up

  • Cronan Gleeson, Jack Daly, Alex McHenry, Liam Coombes and Mike Haley made their first senior appearances for Munster in the clash.

Kearys Renault Series 2018

Friday, August 24

Munster v Exeter Chiefs, Irish Independent Park, 7.30pm;

Tickets

Buy tickets online here, from the Munster Rugby Ticket Offices in Irish Independent Park and Thomond Park, or by calling 061 421103.

Individual Game Tickets

Adult: €15

Junior: €5

Family – 2 adults and 2 juniors: €30

Munster: Stephen Fitzgerald (Mike Haley, h-t); Calvin Nash (Liam Coombes, h-t), Dan Goggin (Alex McHenry, 72), Rory Scannell (Shane Daly, h-t – 72), Darren Sweetnam (Calvin Nash, 60); JJ Hanrahan (Ian Keatley, 45), James Hart (Jack Stafford, 45) (Neil Cronin, 65); Jeremy Loughman (Cronan Gleeson, 31) (Dave Kilcoyne, 51), Kevin O’Byrne (Mike Sherry, h-t), Brian Scott (Ciaran Parker, 31-65); Fineen Wycherley (Billy Holland, h-t), Darren O’Shea (Jean Kleyn, h-t); Dave O’Callaghan (Sean O’Connor, h-t) (Fineen Wycherley, 67), Tommy O’Donnell (C) (Jack Daly, 51), Gavin Coombes (Tommy O’Donnell, 67).

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