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Local fans hold off booking PRO12 final tickets

Guinness PRO12 League:
Benetton Treviso 14, Munster 34
MUNSTER fans will not be charging blindly into ticket purchases for this season’s Guinness PRO12 final in the Aviva Stadium, particularly if they were watching Welsh sides Ospreys and Scarlets in action today. Tonight’s win gives Munster home advantage. Leinster are also at home in the other semi-final but neither of the Irish provinces semi-finals, despite being playing in their respective fortresses, will be counting their chickens.
Playing at home in the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, the Ospreys impressed in their win over Ulster while tonight in Galway, the Scarlets looked very sharp with their bonus try win over Connacht. Depending on the final series of games next week-end before the semi-finals, Munster could meet either of the Welsh sides. They will be aware that the Scarlets have defeated Rassies side in Thomond Park already this season.
It was a scrappy affair in the opening stages tonight in Italy but tries by Simon Zebo and Darren Sweetnam and a penalty and a conversion from Tyler Bleyendaal saw them go into a comfortable 15-0 lead. Treviso replied with a try from back-row Odiete, converted by McKinley but a blistering spell from Munster midway through the second half saw them score three tries. Garryowen wing Alex Wooton showed good speed and feet to run in from the right wing for a well-taken try to make it 7-20, a fine break by Jack O’Donoghue opened up the home defence and the Waterford man raced away unopposed for the bonus point try and Darren Sweetnam got his second try, controlling the ball with his feet and winning the race to touchdown for try number five. Tyler Bleyendaal converted two of the tries.
Right at the finish, Treviso got some consolation when Montauriol dived over at a close-in maul and Tebaldi added the extra two points.
The bonus point win moves Munster only three points behind league leaders Leinster with one series of game to be played. Munster entertain Connacht at Thomond Park next Saturday.
Billy Holland was withdrawn before the start while both Dave O’Callaghan and Donnacha Ryan had treatment for injuries.
Treviso: D Odiete; A Esposito, T Benvenuti, A Sgarbi, L Sperandino; I McKinley, E Gori; F Zani, L Bigi, S Ferrari; M Fuser, D Budd; F Minto, B Steyn, R Barbieri.
Replacements: D Giazzon, A Porolli, T Pasquali, JF Montauriol, M Lazzaroni, G Bronzini, T Tebaldi, A Pratichetti
Munster: S Zebo; D Sweetnam, J Taute, F Saili, R O’Mahony; T Bleyendaal, D Williams; J Cronin, R Marshall, S Archer; D O’Shea, Donnacha Ryan; D O’Callaghan, C Oliver, J O’Donoghue.
Replacements: K O’Byrne, B Scott, R Burke, D Ryan, CJ Stander, A Lloyd, I Keatley, A Wootton.

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