A LAST gasp CJ Stander try, converted by Ian Keatley, helped Munster score a dramatic 20-18 victory over the Ospreys in their Guinness PRO12 clash at Liberty Stadium on Sunday.
It was just Munster’s fourth victory on their last 13 appearances in Swansea in all competitions. Munster’s second successive victory in the PRO12 helped Anthony Foley’s side jump up to third place in the table.
The Ospreys led 9-6 at half-time with the hugely impressive Tyler Bleyendaal kicking two penalty goals for the visitors.
New Zealand out-half Bleyendaal also created Munster’s opening try for winger Stephen Fitzgerald. Shannon clubman Fitzgerald, who was making his first start in the PRO12, claimed Bleyendaal’s pin-point crossfield kick to help Munster overhaul a six-point deficit.
Sam Davies kicked all of Ospreys 18 points with six penalty goals.
In all, four Munster players were having their first competitive starts including former New Zealand under-20s captain Bleyendaal, Australia lock Mark Chisholm, All-Black Francis Sali and tryscorer Fitzgerald.
SCORERS: Ospreys: Sam Davies six penalties. Munster: Stephen Fitzgerald, CJ Stander try each, Tyler Bleyendaal two pens, con, Ian Keatley con.
OSPREYS: Dan Evans; Kristian Phillips, Jonathan Spratt, Owen Watkin, Hanno Dirksen; Sam Davies, Brendon Leonard; Nicky Smith, Sam Parry, Dmitri Arhip, Lloyd Ashley (capt), Rory Thornton, Joe Bearman, Sam Underhill, Dan Baker. Replacements: Scott Otten, Marc Thomas, Cai Griffiths, De Kock Steenkamp, Olly Cracknell, Tom Habberfield, Aled Jenkins, Richard Fussell.
MUNSTER: Felix Jones (Capt); Andrew Conway, Francis Saili, Rory Scannell, Stephen Fitzgerald; Tyler Bleyendaal, Cathal Sheridan; Dave Kilcoyne, Mike Sherry, BJ Botha, Mark Chisholm, Dave Foley, Dave O’Callaghan, Jack O’Donoghue, Robin Copeland. Replacements: Duncan Casey, James Cronin, John Ryan, Jordan Coghlan, CJ Stander, Duncan Williams, Ian Keatley, David Johnston.
REFEREE: Dudley Phillips (Ireland)