LISTEN: Munster slay Dragons to get Pro14 push back on track.
Munster gave Rassie Erasmus a fitting send off with a emphatic 49-6 rout of the Dragons at Irish Independent Park this Friday evening.
The 7-try demolition saw Rory Scannell, Simon Zebo, Jack O’Donoghue, Darren Sweetnam, Sam Arnold (two) and Kevin O’Byrne all crossing the whitewash with man of the match JJ Hanrahan adding the extras to all seven tries.
Sam Arnold scored his first two tries for the province while hooker Kevin O’Byrne also got his maiden try.
There was a debut too for Chris Cloete as the South African gave a good account of himself in his first taste of Pro14 rugby.
Sporting Limerick’s Marisa Kennedy was at game and reports from Irish Independent park after the final whistle.
Chris Cloete made his Munster debut in his first start for the province.
Simon Zebo scored his 57th Munster try in the win.
Darren O’Shea and Sam Arnold both made their season debuts off the bench.
Sam Arnold scored his first two tries for the province and Kevin O’Byrne scored his first.
Munster: Simon Zebo; Darren Sweetnam, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell (Sam Arnold, 60), Alex Wootton; JJ Hanrahan, Duncan Williams (James Hart, 52); Liam O’Connor (James Cronin, 49), Rhys Marshall (Kevin O’Byrne, 60), Stephen Archer (Brian Scott, 67); Jean Kleyn (Darren O’Shea, 49), Billy Holland (C); Jack O’Donoghue (Ian Keatley, 70), Chris Cloete (Mark Flanagan, 65), Robin Copeland.
Dragons: Will Talbot-Davies; Ashton Hewitt, Adam Warren, Jack Dixon, Jared Rosser; Angus O’Brien, Charlie Davies; Thomas Davies, Gerard Ellis, Lloyd Fairbrother; Joe Davies, Rynard Landman; Aaron Wainwright, James Benjamin (C), James Sheekey.
Replacements: Liam Belcher, Luke Garrett, Brok Harris, Scott Andrews, Ben Roach, Sarel Pretorius, Arwel Robson, Pat Howard.
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