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)