Young guns shine as Munster see off Cardiff

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Munster's Keith Earls gets his pass away despite the best efforts of Cardiff's Joaquin Tuculet to prevent him from doing so in the sides Guinness PRO12 clash at Musgrave Park this Saturday night
MUNSTER moved back top of the Guinness PRO12 table after scoring an exciting 33-16 victory over the Cardiff Blues at Musgrave Park this Saturday night.

MUNSTER moved back top of the Guinness PRO12 table after scoring an exciting 33-16 victory over the Cardiff Blues at Musgrave Park this Saturday night.

Three second half tries from Denis Hurley, the excellent Jack O’Donoghue and in-form winger Ronan O’Mahony helped Munster secure a precious victory after a much-improved second half showing.

Man of the Match JJ Hanrahan kicked 18 points with the boot. The sides had been level 9-9 at half-time, but a more clinical display from Munster in the second half helped Anthony Foley’s side secure a welcome victory.

Munster were forced to make two late changes to their starting line-up as out-half Ian Keatley and winger Andrew Conway were ruled out of the game due to flu.

Rory Scannell replaced Irish international Keatley at out-half, while Luke O’Dea made a welcome return from injury to start on the wing.

Next up for Munster is a trip to Parc y Scarlets on Saturday afternoon next to face the Scarlets.

SCORERS: Munster: Denis Hurley, Jack O’Donoghue, Ronan O’Mahony try each, JJ Hanrahan four pens, three cons.

Cardiff: Josh Navidi try, Rhys Patchell three pen, con.

MUNSTER: JJ Hanrahan; Luke O’Dea, Keith Earls, Denis Hurley (capt), Ronan O’Mahony; Rory Scannell, Duncan Williams; John Ryan, Eusebio Guinazu, BJ Botha, Donncha O’Callaghan, Billy Holland, Sean Dougall, Dave O’Callaghan, Jack O’Donoghue. Replacements: Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne, Stephen Archer, Shane Buckley, Paddy Butler, Neil Cronin, Darren Sweetnam, Ivan Dineen.

CARDIFF BLUES: Joaquin Tuculet; Richard Smith, Cory Allen, Gavin Evans, Lucas Amorosino; Rhys Patchell, Lloyd Williams; Sam Hobbs, Matthew Rees (capt), Adam Jones, Macauley Cook, Filo Paulo, Josh Turnbull, Josh Navidi, Manoa Vosawai. Replacements: Kristian Dacey, Thomas Davies, Taufa’ao Filise, Miles Normandale, Ellis Jenkins, Tavis Knoyle, Gareth Davies, Tom Isaacs.

REFEREE: Lloyd Linton (Scotland)