Monster 38 Cardiff Blues27
Munster took first place when they won the clash of two teams at the Guinness Pro 14 Conference B held at Thomont Park, proving an effortless and fun fight in the first match on Monday night. Johann van Grann would be happy with this victory, or some of the best prints related to the defense would at some point give up the attempt.
No. 8 Gavin Comps (two attempts), Man of the Match Jack O’Donoghue (try) and James Cronin put in the best performances. In one of their five attempts, everything came through the pack, with the only back that surpassed the hat-hold JJ Hanrahan Cardiff limit to replace.
The Cardiff Blues took the lead through an effort that did not require further invention. Rory Scannell’s tackle was driven by Othelp Jarrod Evans for four or five meters for a breach of the defensive line, before being loaded into Ray Lee – Lo’s, who passed unopposed. Evans tagged in transformation.
It was an ideal start for visitors, but a moment of madness from Willis Halloho, guilty of a very subtle hike in Dan Gogin, cost Cardiff a player as the center sent him into the sin bin. Following several noises on the edges near the Cardiff line, the Monster increased the numerical gain as their best cones came out of the nearest range.
Ben Healy added a conversion but within 16 minutes James Botham caught the Munster defense flat foot and scored 30m, with Evans hitting the ball between the posts when John Hoddnett was penalized in the ensuing rack.
The home pattern with Healy, Compass, and Hodnet got some rhythm and continuity to their rhythm. Line breaks created to play for Cardiff 22. The visitors conceded penalties as they tried to defend their line and scored a second attempt when the compass touched down. Under the heap of bodies for the satisfaction of referee Andrea Piardi.
Healy began the transition to turn the home team into a 14-10 lead, but Dan Goggin, who has been playing his first game since February, put in a great performance in the build-up of the effort, with Damien de Allende as the replacement. Evans took a penalty kick, but just before the break Healy responded kindly, giving Munster a 17-13 lead at the break.
When the Munster resumed, it started very quickly, forcing Cardiff 22 to enter quickly, but the visitors were able to handle two important breakdown penalty turnovers, which put a little pressure on the recipient.
Healy hit a post with a penalty but the home lead extended as hooker Kevin O’Byrne took advantage of a well-made line-out.
Cardiff responded immediately, with Evans’ breakaway break best for right-wing Allied Summerhill’s effort. A handling error from the restart gave the Munster field position, the pack threatened their way, and the home team took a 31-20 lead, allowing Compass Tip Pass O’Donoghue to overtake for a bonus point attempt.
The Welsh team’s replay was an attempt by Haloholo, but for injured Healy, Hanrahan completed a huge move, pushing the home team to a 38-27 lead as the Nifty passed.
Scoring Sequence – 2 minutes: Try Lee-Lo, Evans Conn, 0-7; 6: Try Compass, Healy Cone, 7-7; 16: Evans Pen, 7-10; 26: Try Compass, Healy Cone, 14-10; 28: Evans Pena, 14-13; 39: Healy Pen, 17-13. Half time: 17-13. 51: Try Oh Byrne, Healy Cone, 24-13; 54: Try Summerhill, Evans Conn, 24-20; 60: Try Odonog, Healy Cone, 31-20; 62: Haloholo Tri, Evans Conn, 31-27; 67: Try Hanrahan, Hanrahan Conn, 38-27;
Munster: M. Haley; C. Nash, D. Goggin, R. Scannel, D. Sweetnam; B Healy, C Casey; J. Cronin, K. O. Byrne, S. Archer; F Witherley, B Holland (captain); J O Donog, J Hodnet, G Compass.
Replacement: DD Allende for Gog (28 minutes); R. Marshall for O Marn (60 minutes); JJ Hanrahan for Healy, J Klein for F Witcherly, C Cloit for Hodnet (all 63 minutes); Cronin J. Wicherley, R. Salanova for Archer (both 69 minutes); McCarthy for N McCarthy for the case (71 minutes).
Cardiff Blues: M Morgan; A Summerhill, R. Lee-Lo, W. Halloho, H. Amos; J. Evans, L. Jones; C. Domachowski, K. Daisy (Capt.), D. Arip; B. Murphy, R. Thornton; J. Ratti, J. Botham, O. Robinson.
Replacement: A Lawrence for Thornton (41 minutes); B prepares for Domachowski (62 minutes); S Andrews for Arp, J Hill for Jones, Daisy E Louis, G Smith for Hollowho 69 minutes, S Moore for Both (69 minutes); J Tovy for Evans (70 minutes).
Yellow Card: WH Halloho (5 min).
Referee: Andrea Piardi (Italy).