Munster leave it late to secure draw with Scarlets

Colm Kinsella

Reporter:

Colm Kinsella

Munster's Tommy O'Donnel is tackled by George Earle, of the Scarlets, in their Guinness PRO12 clash at Parc y Scarlets this Saturday
MUNSTER salvaged a 25-25 draw with Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets in the Guinness PRO12, thanks to a last gasp try from JJ Hanrahan which was converted by Ian Keatley.

MUNSTER salvaged a 25-25 draw with Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets in the Guinness PRO12, thanks to a last gasp try from JJ Hanrahan which was converted by Ian Keatley.

Anthony Foley’s men will be relieved to come away from Wales with two points as the Irish side trailed by 12 points, 25-13, at one stage in the second half.

The first half was a kicking contest between the two fly-halves - Steve Shingler scoring 12 points to Keatley’s six - but youngster Jack O’Donoghue got Munster back in the game with a close-range try.

Munster had not won at Parc y Scarlets since December 2011 and Hadleigh Parkes touched down just past the hour - while Shingler added another seven points.

However, Munster rallied bravely at the end as Felix Jones and then Hanrahan bulldozed over with Scarlets down to 14 men, as Keatley clinched the draw with the last act of the game.

Exciting back-row forward Jack O’Donoghue was scoring his second five-pointer in as many games when touching down. Out-half Keatley kicked 10 points in all.

Next up for Munster is a home tie with title contenders Glasgow Warriors at Musgrave Park on Saturday evening next.

SCARLETS: Jordan Williams; Harry Robinson, Regan King, Hadleigh Parkes, Michael Tagicakibau; Steven Shingler, Aled Davies; Phil John, Ken Owens (capt), Peter Edwards, Lewis Rawlins, Johan Snyman, Aaron Shingler, James Davies, John Barclay. Replacements: Ryan Elias, Rob Evans, Jacobie Adriaanse, George Earle, Rob McCusker, Gareth Davies, Rhys Priestland, Adam Warren.

MUNSTER: Felix Jones; Andrew Conway, Keith Earls, Denis Hurley (capt), Luke O’Dea; Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams; Dave Kilcoyne, Kevin O’Byrne, Stephen Archer, Donncha O’Callaghan, Billy Holland, Dave O’Callaghan, Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander. Replacements: Eusebio Guinazu, John Ryan, BJ Botha, Jack O’Donoghue, Paddy Butler, Neil Cronin, JJ Hanrahan, Ivan Dineen.

REFEREE: Dudley Phillips (Ireland)