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Munster Second Half Tour de Force Sees Off Scarlets

14th April 2007 By Munster Rugby

Tries from Marcus Horan, Barry Murphy and captain Anthony Foley helped Munster to a 20-0 win over Llanelli Scarlets in front of a noisy 65000 crowd at Musgrave Park.

Tries from Marcus Horan, Barry Murphy and captain Anthony Foley helped Munster to a 20-0 win over Llanelli Scarlets in front of a noisy 65000 crowd at Musgrave Park.

And Munster were full value for this victory. They led 8-0 at half time but it was a hugely improved second half that this game will be will be remembered for.

Munster took the lead in the 4th minute when Marcus Horan went over following a rolling maul from a five metre lineout and Ronan O’Gara’s conversion attempt from the acute angle came back off the right upright.

Scarlets then laid siege to the Munster line and after several drives from their pack were repelled, they went wide but without any gain.
Towards the close of the half Munster produced their best phase when Donnacha Ryan, Frank Sheahan, Barry Murphy and Anthony Horgan caused havoc on the Llanelli right flank and when the visitors went offside O’Gara knocked over the penalty for an eight point lead.

Llanelli lost James Bater to the sin bin for a late tackle on Mossy Lawlor in what looked a harsh decision and in injury time first Lifeimi Mafi and then Murphy made clean breaks but to no avail, Murphy just failing to put O’Gara in under the posts.

Just after the restart O’Gara threaded through a delightful kick that was gathered by Brian Carney and he in turn offloaded brilliantly to put Murphy in for the try. Carney then showed his class, collecting a ball in his own 22 and bursting clear to take play to the Llanelli 10 metre line. Munster worked the ball left, Murphy offloaded superbly to O’Gara who had a clear run to the sticks but was whistled back by referee Paul Allen for a forward pass.

It needed a brave Lawlor tackle on replacement Garan Evans to keep Munster’s line intact but the riposte was provided by an O’Leary break carried on by Donncha O’Callaghan and John O’Sullivan to take play inside the Llanelli 22.

Munster won themselves a scrum and with the Scarlets pack in disarray Anthony Foley dived over for the try. O’Gara’s conversion leaving Munster 20-0 in front.

To their credit the Scarlets continued to press and Foley had to produce a smashing tackle in midfield to deny Inoke Afeaki. But Munster were soon back on the front foot and only dogged Llanelli defence denied them the bonus point try.

Munster: M Lawlor; B Carney, B Murphy (J Kelly 74 min), L Mafi, A Horgan; R O’Gara, T O’Leary; M Horan (F Pucciariello 65 min), F Sheahan (D Fogarty 80 min) , J Hayes; D O’Callaghan, M O’Driscoll (C Wyatt 71 mins); D Ryan, J O’Sullivan, A Foley capt.
Llanelli Scarlets: B Davies; D Daniel, M Watkins, G Evans (P Mackey 65 min), M Jones (G Evans 51 mins) ; C Thomas, L Davies (C Stuart-Smith 77 min); P John (J Davies 61 min), K Owens D George 77 min), C Dunlea (J Davies 14 mins temp); I Afeaki, A Jones; D Jones, J Bater capt (G Thomas 68 min), N Thomas.

Referee: Paul Allen (SRU).

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