MUNSTER were toppled from the top of the Guinness PRO12 table after suffering a disappointing, 25-22, last gasp defeat to Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets on Friday night.
Anthony Foley’s Munster side suffered their first defeat of the PRO12 season as Steve Shingler stepped up to land two late penalties and guide the unbeaten Scarlets to the top of the table.
Munster led by 13-6 at half-time thanks to two Ian Keatley penalties and a converted try from the in-form Andrew Conway. However, a second half fight-back, coupled with poor Munster discipline, allowed the Welsh side to stay in touch, and two closing penalties from the ice-cool Steve Shingler were enough to clinch a 25-22 triumph at the death.
Tyler Bleyendaal was a late withdrawal from the Munster team after pulling up with a tight quad during the warm-up. Keatley started at number 10 with Rory Scannell added to the bench.
It was young flanker Jordan Coghlan’s first start for the province, while Ronan O’Mahony saw his first action of the season coming on in the second half for right winger Stephen Fitzgerald.
SCARLETS: Aled Thomas; Hadleigh Parkes, Regan King, Gareth Owen, DTH van der Merwe; Steven Shingler, Rhodri Williams; Rob Evans, Ken Owens, Samson Lee, Jake Ball, Tom Price, Lewis Rawlins, James Davies, John Barclay (capt). Replacements: Emyr Phillips, Phil John, Peter Edwards, George Earle, Jack Condy, Gareth Davies, Dan Jones, Tom Williams.
MUNSTER: Andrew Conway; Stephen Fitzgerald (Ronan O’Mahony 59), David Johnston, Denis Hurley (Rory Scannell 78), Gerhard van den Heever; Ian Keatley, Cathal Sheridan (Tomas O’Leary 51); Dave Kilcoyne (James Cronin 51), Duncan Casey (Niall Scannell 78), BJ Botha (John Ryan 78); Robin Copeland (Shane Buckley 73), Mark Chisholm; Dave O’Callaghan, Jordan Coghlan (Dave Foley 51), CJ Stander (Capt).
REFEREE: Gary Conway (Ireland)