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Heineken Cup: Edinburgh still pointless after defeat in Munster
Munster kick-started their Heineken Cup campaign with a bonus-point 33-0 victory over Edinburgh at Thomond Park on Sunday.
Second-half tries from Conor Murray, Peter O'Mahony, Sean Dougall and Damien Varley sealed the bonus-point victory for the hosts while Ian Keatley kicked three penalties and two conversions after their opening round defeat to Racing Metro.
For Edinburgh the defeat all but ends their hopes of repeating last season's progress to the latter stages of the competition following their heavy loss to Saracens last weekend.
Munster dominated the opening 40 minutes but led just 6-0 at the break following two penalties from Keatley, who started in place of the injured Ronan O'Gara.
Munster's dominance of possession and territory finally paid off ten minutes into the second half when Murray darted through a gap around the fringes and slid under the posts following a series a series of busting surges from the hosts.
Keatley added the simple conversion and a third penalty in the 56th minute to give the hosts a sizeable lead.
With ten minutes remaining O'Mahony powered over from close-range following a driving lineout and Dougall grabbed Munster's third try of the afternoon after supporting a break away from Keatley.
The home fans roared Munster on in the final minutes as they hunted the bonus-point try and their pack delivered again as Varley crossed following another powerful driving maul.Remarkably, last season's semi-finalists Edinburgh have yet to score a point in this season's competition, after losing 45-0 at home to Saracens last weekend.Heineken Cup. Click here to bet.
|Friday 13th February|
|20:05||Edinburgh vs Ospreys|
|Friday 20th February|
|19:35||Edinburgh vs Ulster|
|Sunday 1st March|
|12:45||Cardiff Blues vs Edinburgh|
|Saturday 7th March|
|18:00||Benetton Treviso vs Edinburgh|
|Saturday 28th March|
|TBC||Scarlets vs Edinburgh|
|Saturday 11th April|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Munster|
|Friday 24th April|
|19:35||Edinburgh vs Zebre|
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