Murray on the double as Munster bag bonus point win in Pro12

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent at Thomond Park


Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent at Thomond Park


Murray on the double as Munster bag bonus point win in Pro12

MUNSTER made it three wins from four in the Guinness Pro12 after securing a 28-14 bonus point victory over Edinburgh at Thomond Park on Saturday.

Scrum-half Conor Murray scored a brace of tries in the opening half, while replacement Conor Oliver and flanker Dave O’Callaghan also touched down as Munster recorded a deserved victory before an official attendance of 12,826.

The bonus point, which helped Munster jump up to fourth place in the table, was all wrapped up with 25 minutes to go, as O’Callaghan surged over to cap a fine day for the home side before John Hardie grabbed a consolation score for the Scots.

The one significant down side for Munster was the unfortunate nack/head injury sustained by back-rower Jack O’Donoghue in the opening half which resulted in him being taken from the field.

The game was stop-start in nature and took a total of two hours and nine minutes to play.

Next up for Munster is a home clash with Zebre at Thomond Park on Saturday next, 5pm.

MUNSTER: Ian Keatley; Darren Sweetnam, Keith Earls, Cian Bohane, Ronan O'Mahony; Tyler Bleyendaal, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, John Ryan, Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland (capt), Dave O'Callaghan, Jack O'Donoghue, CJ Stander. Replacements: Duncan Casey, James Cronin, Stephen Archer, Darren O’Shea, Conor Oliver, Duncan Williams, Dan Goggin, Alex Wootton.

EDINBURGH: Glenn Bryce; Damien Hoyland, Michael Allen, Chris Dean, Tom Brown; Duncan Weir, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne; Rory Sutherland, Stuart McInally (capt), Kevin Bryce, Fraser McKenzie, Ben Toolis, Magnus Bradbury, Hamish Watson, Cornell du Preez. Replacements: Neil Cochrane, Jack Cosgrove, Allan Dell, Lewis Carmichael, John Hardie, Sean Kennedy, Blair Kinghorn, Rory Scholes.

REFEREE: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)