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Edinburgh no match for rampant Munster

Edinburgh 12, Munster 55:

SCOTTISH club rugby took a battering again tonight in Meggetland when visitors Munster walloped Edinburgh 12-55 in the RaboDirecto Pro 12 League. Munster led 12-20 at the break, Denis Hurley’s try before half time, converted by JJ Hanrahan, giving them an eight point lead.

The Irish province continued to dominate with tries from Andrew Conway, Damien Varley, Duncan Williams, Tommy O’Donnell and two penalty tries while JJ Hanrahan produced a 100% kicking display and Conor Murray returned to his place-kicking days with Garryowen by kicking two late conversions.

Munster are now a single point behind second placed Glasgow and still in the hunt for a home semi-final when they meet Ulster in Thomond Park next Saturday.

Bezuidenhout opened the scoring for the home-side but JJ Hanrahan got Munster underway when Edinburgh were penalised for going off their feet.

Andrew Conway raced in for Munster’s first try under the posts with Hanrahan adding the extras as Munster moved ahead by five points.

Willem Nel got the Scots’ second try and Laidlaw made no mistake with the conversion as Edinburgh went ahead. A Hanrahan penalty and a try by  Denis Hurley, converted by the out-half put the reds ahead 12-20 at the short whistle.

Munster scored five unanswered tries, all converted, in the second half with replacement hooker Damien Varley claiming the first score off a maul a, two penalty tries and another try from Duncan Williams keeping the scoreboard busy.

Tommy O’Donnell’s  try in injury-time, converted by Murray sealed the bonus point victory:  Edinburgh 12 Munster 55.

Munster: Simon Zebo, Gerhard van den Heever, Johne Murphy, Denis Hurley (Ian Keatley 68), Andrew Conway (Luke O’Dea HT), JJ Hanrahan (Conor Murray 68), Conor Murray (Duncan Williams 56), James Cronin (Dave Kilcoyne 67), Duncan Casey (Damien Varley 30), John Ryan (Alan Cotter 71), Donncha O’Callaghan, Paul O’Connell Capt. (Dave Foley 56), CJ Stander (James Coughlan 67), Tommy O’Donnell, Paddy Butler.

Referee: Marius Mitrea

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