MUNSTER moved top of the Guinness PRO12 table after scoring a dramatic 35-27 come-from-behind bonus point win over Cardiff Blues at Musgrave Park this Saturday.
Two tries from hooker Mike Sherry and an excellent display from Man of the Match Ian Keatley guided Anthony Foley’s side, who notched five tries in all, to their fourth successive PRO12 win.
Out-half Keatley converted tries from Jordan Coghlan on 61 minutes and Andrew Conway eight minutes from full-time as the home side maintained their 100% start, despite a patchy performance overall.
Two well-executed tries from Tavis Knoyle and Richard Smith had Cardiff leading 17-14 at the interval, sandwiching converted scores from Munster’s Mike Sherry and Keatley.
Tom Isaacs and Sherry swapped tries in the third quarter, but Munster outscored the visitors 14-3 over the closing 20 minutes with the Blues ending the game without the sin-binned Jevon Groves.
MUNSTER: Andrew Conway; Shane Monahan, Francis Saili, Rory Scannell, Gerhard van den Heever; Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams; Dave Kilcoyne, Mike Sherry, BJ Botha, Mark Chisholm, Dave Foley, Dave O’Callaghan, Jack O’Donoghue, CJ Stander (capt). Replacements: Niall Scannell, James Cronin, John Ryan, Robin Copeland, Jordan Coghlan, Tomas O’Leary, Denis Hurley, Dave Johnston.
CARDIFF BLUES: Dan Fish; Garyn Smith, Tom Isaacs, Gavin Evans, Richard Smith; Rhys Patchell, Tavis Knoyle; Sam Hobbs, Matthew Rees (capt), Craig Mitchell, Lou Reed, James Down, Josh Turnbull, Ellis Jenkins, Manoa Vosawai.
Replacements: Kristian Dacey, Thomas Davies, Dillon Lewis, Macauley Cook, Jevon Groves, Lewis Jones, Gareth Davies, Harry Davies.
REFEREE: Ian Davies (Wales