Wing wizard Alex Wootton bags four tries as Munster rout Cheetahs

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent at Thomond Park

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Wing wizard Alex Wootton bags four tries as Munster rout Cheetahs

Munster winger Alex Wootton touches down for one of his four tries against the Cheetahs at Thomond Park

FLYING winger Alex Wootton scored four tries as Munster thumped Guinness PRO14 newcomers the Toyota Cheetahs 51-18 in the South African side’s first ever visit to Thomond Park.

Munster ran in eight tries in all to bring their tally to 14 for their opening two PRO14 fixtures which have yielded two bonus point wins.

Man of the Match Wottoon became the first Munster player since Mike Mullins in 2001 to score four tries in a PRO14 fixture as the home side eased to victory.

Twenty three-year-old Wootton touched down twice in the opening half to help Munster into a significant 22-6 interval lead. Flanker Tommy O’Donnell had powered over for the home side’s opening try after just six minutes.

When second-row Jean Kleyn touched down – his third try in two PRO14 games – Munster had the try bonus point in safe keeping.

Further tries from centre Chris Farrell and substitute Simon Zebo to go with the second half brace from Man of the Match Wootton sealed a facile win for Munster before an official attendance of 15,144.

MUNSTER: Andrew Conway; Darren Sweetnam, Chris Farrell, Jaco Taute, Alex Wootton; Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams; Liam O'Connor, Rhys Marshall, Stephen Archer, Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland (capt), Sean O'Connor, Tommy O'Donnell, Jack O'Donoghue. Replacements used: Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne, John Ryan, Fineen Wycherley, Robin Copeland, James Hart, Rory Scannell, Simon Zebo.

TOYOTA CHEETAHS: Clayton Blommetjies; Sergeal Petersen, Francois Venter (capt), William Small-Smith, Makazole Mapimpi; Robbie Petzer, Shaun Venter; Charles Marais, Jacques du Toit, Johan Coetzee, Rynier Bernardo, Reniel Hugo, Paul Schoeman, Henco Venter, Niell Jordaan. Replacements used: Torsten van Jaarsveld, Ox Nche, Tom Botha, Armandt Koster, Gerhard Olivier, Tian Meyer, Ali Mgijima, Ryno Benjamin.

REFEREE: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)