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  • Visser (3),
    Penalty goals: Laidlaw,
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  • Keatley, O'Dea,
    Penalty goals: Keatley (3),
    Conversions: Keatley (2),
  • Guinness PRO12
  • 1st Sep 2012
  • KO 20:00
  • Ground: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
  • Att: 4,050

Munster begin with a win

Edinburgh edged out in error-strewn contest

Last updated: 1st September 2012   Subscribe to RSS Feed

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Ian Keatley: Collected an 18-point haul for Edinburgh at Murrayfield

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Munster made a winning start to their RaboDirect PRO12 campaign by overcoming Edinburgh 23-18 in an error-strewn contest at Murrayfield.

Tim Visser crossed for a hat-trick of tries for the hosts but it was not enough as an 18-point haul from Ian Keatley, plus a Luke O'Dea touch down, gave Munster the points.

Munster shaded the opening exchanges without really troubling the Edinburgh defence before the hosts finally sparked into life when Scotland international Visser burst from deep, although his efforts came to nothing.

That swung the momentum Edinburgh's way and the breakthrough came on 13 minutes when Nick De Luca made a break following a scrum in midfield and drew two defenders before offloading to Greig Tonks, whose perfectly-timed pass freed Visser for an untroubled stroll to the line.

Munster had a chance to trim the deficit when Keatley lined up a penalty from close to the half-way line. However, while he had the length, his direction was awry.

The score was delayed only briefly and when the referee detected an Edinburgh hand in a ruck five minutes later, the stand-off bisected the posts to open his side's tally.

It took a thumping tackle by Ross Ford on Denis Hurley to keep the Edinburgh line intact. In the aftermath, the ball was turned over under the Edinburgh posts and number 8 Stuart McInally pounced, eluding three tacklers before passing to Visser who sprinted over for his second try.

The visitors rallied and squared matters before the break. Doug Howlett chipped ahead and, when the bounce wrong-footed Laidlaw, Keatley was on hand to dot down before adding the conversion for a 10-10 half-time scoreline.

Fired over

The Munster number 10 then edged his side into the lead when he fired over another penalty two minutes after the restart.

The Scots resorted to the boot to restore parity when Laidlaw stroked over a close-range penalty.

With 58 minutes on the clock the visitors regained the lead. A lineout in the Edinburgh 22 was the platform for a move that ended with O'Dea slicing through the Edinburgh defence to touch down and leave Keatley a simple job to add the extra two points.

Keatley ensured Edinburgh would need two scores to take anything from the game when he landed another penalty.

Visser made such an outcome possible when he took an acrobatic pass from De Luca to dart in at the corner for his third unconverted try seven minutes from full-time.

But, that was that for the Scots, who were left with only a narrow losing bonus-point to show for their efforts.

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