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- Guinness PRO12
- 8th Feb 2014
- KO 19:15
- Att: 13,800
RaboDirect PRO12: Munster crush Cardiff Blues at Thomond Park
- Tight win sees Ulster second
- Scarlets win in Treviso
- Glasgow breeze past Connacht
- Leinster reverse lapse start
- Warriors on the charge
Munster recorded their biggest win of the season with a 54-13 demolition job of Cardiff Blues which moved them seven points clear at the top of the RaboDirect PRO12.
The six-try victory came in the wake of Munster head coach Rob Penney announcing his decision to leave the Irish province at the end of the current campaign, and on the same day that Ireland beat Wales in the Six Nations.
It proved to be no distraction for his players as they carved open Cardiff in the second half, scoring three tries while Blues replacement prop Patrick Palmer was in the sin bin.
The Welsh region were only 19-13 behind at the break but that run of tries - Simon Zebo and Gerhard van den Heever added to a penalty try - put the hosts in full control.
With their bonus point secured, Munster added some late gloss as Andrew Conway and CJ Stander both went over, with out-half JJ Hanrahan brilliantly landing 10 kicks from as many attempts for a 24-point tally.
Despite the difficult wet conditions, Munster made a bright start with Thomond Park debutant Van den Heever threatening from a Hanrahan cross-field kick.
Hanrahan and Gareth Davies swapped penalties before direct running from captain and man-of-the-match James Coughlan took him close to the try-line, and Dave Kilcoyne plunged over from the ensuing ruck.
Hanrahan converted but the Blues answered back within three minutes, Harry Robinson countering from a loose kick and breaking free on the right wing to send centre Owen Williams over in the corner. Davies swung over a cracking conversion kick to bring the visitors level at 10-all.
Led the assault
Former Cardiff centre Casey Laulala and Johne Murphy led an assault down the right wing as Munster got back on course, with successive penalties following from Hanrahan's right boot.
The Blues continued to be economical without really threatening, picking up a penalty on the half hour which Davies slotted for 16-13.
However, the gap was out to six points after Hanrahan punished Cardiff skipper Sam Hobbs for not rolling away on the stroke of half-time.
The second half was rather listless until Munster put pressure on in the scrum and a series of indiscretions saw Palmer yellow-carded by referee Giuseppe Vivarini.
The resulting 60th-minute scrum, which included replacement Thomas Davies, was also dropped and Munster were awarded their penalty try which Hanrahan converted.
Full-back Zebo - keen to force his way back into the Ireland squad - then celebrated his first start since October with a well-taken try, following a final pass from Coughlan and a barnstorming run in the build-up from prop James Cronin.
Hanrahan booted the ball wide for South African Van den Heever to run in from the right for the bonus-point score, and the half-century was in sight after replacement Conway dribbled through and dived for try number five.
Television match official Seamus Flannery confirmed the grounding and he was also involved in the awarding of flanker Stander's injury-time try, a powerful drive and stretch for the line.
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Guinness PRO12 Table
|Saturday 29th November|
|15:00||Zebre vs Edinburgh|
|17:15||Leinster vs Ospreys|
|19:30||Connacht vs Scarlets|
|Sunday 30th November|
|16:00||Glasgow Warriors vs Dragons|
|Friday 19th December|
|19:35||Cardiff Blues vs Scarlets|
|19:35||Edinburgh vs Benetton Treviso|
|19:35||Leinster vs Connacht|
|Saturday 20th December|
|14:40||Glasgow vs Munster|
|17:15||Ospreys vs Ulster|
|Sunday 21st December|
|16:00||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Zebre|
|Friday 26th December|
|14:05||Cardiff Blues vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|17:00||Munster vs Leinster|
|Saturday 27th December|
|TBC||Ulster vs Connacht|
|14:40||Glasgow vs Edinburgh|
|16:00||Zebre vs Benetton Treviso|
|17:15||Ospreys vs Scarlets|
|Thursday 1st January|
|14:05||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|TBC||Benetton Treviso vs Zebre|
|14:40||Leinster vs Ulster|
|17:05||Scarlets vs Ospreys|
|Friday 9th January|
|19:35||Connacht vs Edinburgh|
|19:35||Glasgow vs Scarlets|
|Saturday 10th January|
|TBC||Benetton Treviso vs Ulster|
|14:40||Cardiff Blues vs Leinster|
|16:00||Zebre vs Munster|
|Friday 28th November|
|Cardiff Blues 36 - 25 Treviso|
|Munster 21 - 20 Ulster|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|Edinburgh 28 - 13 Cardiff Blues|
|Treviso 24 - 24 Leinster|
|Friday 21st November|
|Ulster 25 - 16 Ospreys|
|Connacht 43 - 3 Zebre|
|Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow Warriors|
|Dragons 12 - 38 Munster|
|Saturday 1st November|
|Ulster 23 - 6 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Scarlets 28 - 13 Zebre|
|Cardiff Blues 24 - 28 Munster|
|Friday 31st October|
|Ospreys 26 - 11 Connacht|
|Glasgow 17 - 9 Benetton Treviso|
|Leinster 33 - 8 Edinburgh|
|Sunday 12th October|
|Ospreys 26 - 15 Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 11th October|
|Ulster 29 - 9 Glasgow|
|Zebre 3 - 20 Leinster|
|Edinburgh 24 - 10 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Friday 10th October|
|Munster 17 - 6 Scarlets|
|Benetton Treviso 6 - 9 Connacht|
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