Home team Away Team

Munster


  • Penalty goals: Keatley (3), Hanrahan,
12 - 6

Ospreys


  • Penalty goals: Morgan (2),

RaboDirect PRO12: Munster beat Ospreys to remain top of the table

Last updated: 2nd November 2013  

jj hanrahan munster

JJ Hanrahan kicked final penalty

Ian Keatley munster

Ian Keatley did most of the damage with the boot for Munster

Related links

News

Preview

Report

Teams

Also see

Munster recorded their first win in six meetings with the Ospreys as they won 12-6 to maintain their lead at the top of the RaboDirect PRO12.

Rob Penney's men head into the November international break as league leaders thanks to three penalties from Ian Keatley and a fourth successful kick from replacement JJ Hanrahan.

The province forced the issue for most of the opening 40 minutes at Thomond Park, but only led 6-3 at the break as Matthew Morgan replied to two early kicks from Keatley.

With Ireland and Wales preparing for their autumn Tests, the Celtic rivals were without a huge number of their internationals and the quality was lacking for much of this tryless encounter.

Keatley and Hanrahan moved Munster into a 12-3 lead by the 68th minute, but Morgan secured a losing bonus point for the Welsh region with an injury-time penalty.

No tries

Keatley flighted over the opening points from a fifth minute penalty - prop Marc Thomas was penalised for a binding offence - as much-changed Munster quickly settled to their task.

CJ Stander was busy in the contact area, winning a penalty wide out on the left which Keatley put wide.

The Munster out-half was back on target in the 22nd minute, slotting over from closer in after Joe Bearman was penalised for side-entry at a ruck.

Strong carrying from Allen and Ben John got Morgan into position for his first penalty success of the night, with Stander the guilty party for not rolling away.

The Ospreys' general play improved on the resumption, with winger Aisea Natoga getting involved, while a couple of decent Munster moves were ended by interceptions.

A double movement prevented Tebaldi from breaking the try deadlock and Keatley had the distance but not the accuracy from a long range 52nd minute penalty.

He made no mistake with his next shot at the posts though and despite lacking the necessary penetration, Munster, with captain Damien Varley in man-of-the-match form, continued to dictate play for the most part.

A late challenge by Ospreys replacement Hanno Dirksen on Johne Murphy drew a penalty which Hanrahan converted from the 22, widening the margin to nine points as Munster overcame the Ospreys for the first time since the 2011 league semi-final in Limerick.

Morgan miscued a penalty from a tough position on the left and also sent a drop goal wide, however a Ronan O'Mahony error gave the Ospreys a late five-metre scrum and they earned a penalty which Morgan slotted for the bonus point.

Sky Bet Odds:

Click Here for Your Free Bet

Guinness PRO12 Table

Guinness PRO12 Table - September 14 2014
Pos Team P Pts
11 Zebre 2 0
Forthcoming Guinness PRO12 Fixtures
TimeFixture
Guinness PRO12
Friday 19th September
Guinness PRO12
19:30Munster vs Zebre
19:35Connacht vs Leinster
19:35Cardiff Blues vs Ulster
Saturday 20th September
14:40Newport Gwent D'gons vs Glasgow
18:00Scarlets vs Benetton Treviso
Sunday 21st September
16:00Ospreys vs Edinburgh
Friday 26th September
19:35Leinster vs Cardiff Blues
19:35Glasgow vs Connacht
19:35Edinburgh vs Scarlets
Saturday 27th September
15:00Zebre vs Ulster
18:30Munster vs Ospreys
Sunday 28th September
16:00Newport Gwent D'gons vs Benetton Treviso
Friday 3rd October
19:35Ulster vs Edinburgh
19:35Zebre vs Ospreys
19:35Connacht vs Cardiff Blues
Saturday 4th October
18:30Leinster vs Munster
Sunday 5th October
15:00Benetton Treviso vs Glasgow
16:00Scarlets vs Newport Gwent D'gons
Friday 10th October
19:35Munster vs Scarlets
Saturday 11th October
TBCBenetton Treviso vs Connacht
14:40Edinburgh vs Newport Gwent D'gons
16:00Zebre vs Leinster
17:05Ulster vs Glasgow
Sunday 12th October
16:00Ospreys vs Cardiff Blues
Friday 31st October
19:35Ospreys vs Connacht

Experts & Blogs

Phil Edwards

Phil Edwards

Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com