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Munster’s win over London Irish a welcome boost

 

By the Editor

Munster 17, London Irish 5:

WATERFORD got the thumbs-up from Munster Rugby tonight when they packed out RTC for Munster’s second and last pre-season skirmish before the real business of Guinness Pro 12 gets underway next week.

The reds put up a decent show, beating the Londoners in competent fashion by a margin of 12 points and make amends for their poor performance in Gloucester last week-end.

The home side led 14-5 coming up to half time and Irish’s first half try was all they could muster up on this visit to the province.

Garryowen wing Ronan O’Mahony continued his wonderful scoring record with Munster since his promotion to senior ranks and got the first five pointer for the home side, Johnny Holland landing the conversion. Replacement Duncan Williams scored the second try and his performance will not have gone unnoticed on new coach Anthony Foley.

Next Friday, Munster open their Pro 12 campaign with a home game against Edinburgh in Thomond Park. Kick-off is 7.35 and tickets are available from the usual sources.

Munster: Johne Murphy;Ronan O’Mahony, Andrew Smith, Cian Bohane, Darren Sweetnam, Johnny Holland, Cathal Sheridan, John Ryan, Kevin O’Byrne, Stephen Archer, Donncha O’Callaghan Capt., Billy Holland, CJ Stander, Sean Dougall, Robin Copeland. Replacements: Ger Slattery, Duncan Casey, Alan Cotter, BJ Botha, Sean McCarthy, John Madigan, Shane Buckley, Barry O’Mahony, Duncan Williams, David Johnston, Ivan Dineen, Rory Scannell.

London Irish (1-15): 1. Matt Parr; 2. David Paice; 3. Halani Aulika; 4. Jebb Sinclair; 5. Nic Rouse; 6. Kieran Low; 7. Conor Gilsenan; 8. Luke Narraway; 9. Tomás O’Leary; 10. Myles Dorrian; 11. Will Harries*; 12. Guy Armitage; 13. Tom Fowlie; 14. Alex Lewington; 15. Andrew Fenby. 16. Gerard Ellis; 17. Tom Court; 18. Leo Halavatau; 19. Blair Cowan; 20. Ofisa Treviranus; 21. Mike Mayhew; 22. Darren Allinson; 23. Shane Geraghty; 24. James Short; 25. Eamonn Sheridan; 26. Topsy Ojo; 27. Tom Homer; 28. Chris Noakes.

*Denotes trialist

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