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Munster A Edge Past Cardiff

September 29, 2018 3:52 pm By The Editor

Sean French scores Munster As second try.

Sean French scores Munster As second try.

Munster A made it four wins from four in the Celtic Cup as they held off a late Cardiff Blues comeback to claim a one-point victory at the Arms Park.

Munster led 16-13 at the interval before racing into a 33-13 lead with the game entering the final 14 minutes but three late Cardiff tries made for a very nervy finish.

The well-drilled pack and boot of Johnston were vital in the victory with the visitors’ rolling maul proving extremely effective as out-half Johnston kicked three penalties.

It was that combination that led to the first score inside 10 minutes as a Munster rolling maul was dragged down and Johnston made it 3-0.

An Aled Summerhill break gave Cardiff the opportunity to respond with the experienced Steven Shingler levelling matters after a period of extended pressure.

The Blues were ahead for the first time on 23 minutes after an excellent individual try from Ethan Lewis was converted by Shingler for a 10-3 advantage to the hosts.

A 40-metre Johnston penalty five minutes later narrowed the gap to four before another long-range Johnston effort on 36 minutes reduced the gap to just a single point.

Munster A were back in front just before the break when a rolling maul was dragged down for a penalty try with Cardiff’s Sion Bennett sin-binned. Even though Shingler added his second penalty in the final play of the half, Munster led 16-13 at the interval.

A strong start to the second half saw Munster cross for their second try after 43 minutes through Sean French to make it 21-13 against 14-man Cardiff.

When Lewis Jones was shown a yellow card for Cardiff on the hour, the visitors clinically took advantage yet again going over from close-range with Keynan Knox touching down.

The bonus-point try was scored on 66 minutes as Alex McHenry ran in to make it 33-13 with the win .

Cardiff came storming back in the final 14 minutes with three tries and two conversions reducing the gap to just a single point.

Tom Williams had the chance to kick a late winner for Cardiff but the kick was short and Munster held on for a 33-32 win.

Celtic Cup Round Five

Friday, October 5

Munster A v Scarlets A, Irish Independent Park, 7.30pm;


Entry to all three home Celtic Cup round games are free for Full and Associate members of the MRSC.

Family Pack (two Adults and two Junior): €20

Adult: €10

Junior: €5

All tickets are general admission.

Cardiff Blues A

Munster A

Cardiff Blues A: Tom Williams; Aled Summerhill, Max Llewellyn, Ben Thomas, Tom James; Steven Shingler, Lewis Jones; Rhys Carré, Ethan Lewis, Will Davies King, Shane Lewis Hughes, James Down, Ioan Rhys Davies, Sion Bennett, Alun Lawrence (C)

Replacements: Liam Belcher, Fraser Young, Keiron Assiratti, Callum Bradbury, Teddy Williams, Dane Blacker, Harri Millard, Dan Fish

Munster A: Stephen Fitzgerald; Liam Coombes, Sean French, Alex McHenry, Calvin Nash (Conor Philips, 70); Bill Johnston (C) (Ben Healy, 71), Jack Stafford (John Poland, 66); Josh Wycherley (Cronan Gleeson, 63), Diarmuid Barron (Eoghan Clarke, 63), Jeremy Loughman (Keynan Knox, 44); Darren O’Shea (Paddy Kelly, 71), Sean O’Connor; Dave O’Callaghan, Jack Daly, Gavin Coombes (John Hodnett, 66).