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Report | Munster A Downed By Dragons XV

August 31, 2019 1:17 pm By The Editor

Aaron Hennessy on the charge

Aaron Hennessy on the charge INPHO/James Crombie

A much stronger Dragons XV eased past Munster A in round two of the Celtic Cup at Rodney Parade on Friday night

With 12 senior players in the Dragons XV, it was always going to be a huge battle for Peter Malone’s youthful Munster A side.

A far more cohesive outfit, the hosts comfortably secured the bonus point win running in six tries, with the reds defensive line bombarded in quick succession as the Welsh side scored four tries over a 12-minute period in the opening quarter.

Munster A had taken an early lead, when Ben Healy slotted a penalty after two minutes, before the experienced Dragons punished the visitors in clinical fashion.

Former Munster Academy player James McCarthy, Connor Edwards, Josh Reynolds and Luke Yendle all crossed the whitewash, and with James Botica adding two conversions the home side opened up a 24-3 lead by the break.

The second half continued in the same vein as Dragons extended their lead further with tries from Rio Dyer and Dan Bobos.

Munster A continued to rally into the final quarter and produced a consolation try through Rob Hedderman, and with Healy converting it finished 36-10.

Tries: Connor Edwards, James McCarthy, Josh Reynolds, Luke Yendle, Rio Dyer, Dan Babos

Conversions: Jacob Botica (3)

Penalty: Ben Healy

Try: Rob Hedderman

Conversion: Ben Healy

Dragons XV: Carwyn Penny, Rio Dyer, Connor Edwards, Aneurin Owen, James McCarthy, Jacob Botica, Dan Babos; Josh Reynolds, Ellis Shipp, Luke Yendle, Joe Davies, Max Williams, Ben Roach, James Benjamin, Huw Taylor

Replacements: Will Griffiths, Jack Cosgrove, Garin Harris, Ed Scragg, Ben Fry, Dafydd Buckland, Evan Lloyd, Owen Jenkins

Munster A: Rob Hedderman; Matt Bowen, Louis Bruce (Pa Ryan, HT), Alan Tynan, Jonathan Wren (Jack Crowley, 42); Ben Healy, Jack Stafford (Charlie O’Doherty, 73); James French (Aaron Hennessy, 12 (James Kendrick, 27)), Scott Buckley Capt. (Eoghan Clarke, HT), Corrie Barrett; Kevin Seymour (Eoin O’Connor, HT), Paddy Kelly; David Hyland, Jack Daly, Cian Hurley (Conor Mitchell, 66).