Cheetahs end Munster’s early unbeaten run in Bloemfontein

Munster have suffered their first Guinness PRO14 loss of the season after a 40-16 result against an in-form Cheetahs side at Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein.

Captain Billy Holland came into the side as one of five changes to the team that beat Southern Kings last week with Bleyendaal, Nick McCarthy, Jeremy Loughman and Rhys Marshall also included.

Tyler Bleyendaal kicked three penalties for Munster in the defeat with Dan Goggin scoring a late try but a Cheetahs side that had scored 109 points in their opening two games secured their third bonus-point win of the season.

Munster found themselves on the back foot from the start as Jeremy Loughman was harshly penalised for not rolling away and Cheetahs went for the corner.

Guinness PRO14, Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa 11/10/2019 Toyota Cheetahs vs Munster Louis Fouche of Toyota Cheetahs on the attack Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Frikkie Kapp

Referee Mike Adamson then sin-binned Rhys Marshall for taking down the rolling maul with prop Ox Nche scoring shortly afterwards despite the best efforts of Holland.

Munster put up a solid defensive effort with the remaining time with 14 men and Bleyendaal slotted over a tricky penalty on 21 minutes and a second three-pointer for offside before the half-hour.

Junior Pokomela dived over in the right corner for Cheetahs’ second try on 33 minutes after the hosts worked an overlap to increase their lead.

Bleyendaal kept Munster in the game with another penalty late in the half reduced the deficit to three, 12-9 the halftime score. Munster were inches from levelling the scores on 43 minutes but Bleyendaal’s penalty came back off the post and Cheetahs were in for try number three just minutes later.

Guinness PRO14, Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa 11/10/2019 Toyota Cheetahs vs Munster Tyler Bleyendaal of Munster kicks a penalty Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Frikkie Kapp

Excellent attacking from the Cheetahs on turnover ball saw the hosts show great hands to keep the ball alive with William Small-Smith scoring in the right corner. Pienaar’s touchline conversion gave Cheetahs a 19-9 lead.

Joseph Dweba scored the bonus-point try on 56 minutes off a rolling maul when Munster again fell foul of the officials, this time after winning back possession at the breakdown as Mike Haley was penalised for not rolling away. Pienaar was again on target to make it 26-9.

Guinness PRO14, Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa 11/10/2019 Toyota Cheetahs vs Munster Ruan Pienaar of Toyota Cheetahs kicks a conversion Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Frikkie Kapp

Munster failed to capitalise with an attacking scrum just inside the Cheetahs 22 but the hosts were awarded the scrum penalty to release the pressure.

Cheetahs were over for their fifth try on 71 minutes as they took a quick tap and Jasper Wiese scored. The referee and TMO checked for foul play in the build-up due to foul play on Kevin O’Byrne but nothing untoward was spotted and the score was awarded.

Munster kept battling and Goggin showed great fight to fend off a defender strongly and score the province’s first try after excellent footwork from Shane Daly in midfield. The TMO was again consulted for a possible obstruction in the build-up but the score stood and Hanrahan added the extras with the boot.

Guinness PRO14, Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa 11/10/2019 Toyota Cheetahs vs Munster Rhyno Smith of Toyota Cheetahs runs in to score a try Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Frikkie Kapp

The Cheetahs wrapped up an ideal evening in front of their home fans when Rhyno Smith scored in the final play to round off a deserved win for the hosts. Academy prop Keynan Knox made his second PRO14 appearance off the bench while Calvin Nash featured for the first time this season.

Next up for Munster will be Ospreys at Irish Independent Park on Friday, October 25th at 7:35 pm.

Social Sharing

Posted in

WATCH: Munster release highlight packages for departing players

Over the past week, Munster Rugby have announced a number of departures for the Province with Sammy Arnold, ...
Read More

WATCH: George Lee and Matthew Potter document the history of Thomond Park

Thomond Park is one of the most well known stadiums worldwide, home to two time European Heineken Cup ...
Read More

Munster confirm departure of trio as Brian Scott is forced to retire

Munster Rugby can confirm that prop Brian Scott, who last lined out for the province in November 2018, ...
Read More
Old Crescent

Old Crescent RFC confirm new President for coming season

Paul Donnellan has been elected President of Old Crescent RFC for the coming season. Paul has been an ...
Read More

Munster Rugby Update with Chris Farrell

The Munster players have been working on remote training programs since the middle off March. Chris Farrell spoke ...
Read More

WATCH: Munster’s Epic 2004 Heineken Cup Semi-Final against Wasps this Saturday

The Heineken Champions Cup Rewind has something special in store this Saturday (May 30) with the opportunity to rewatch the incredible 2004 semi-final between ...
Read More

QUIZ: Name Ireland’s Lions since 2009

International Rugby is still some way away due to the ongoing pandemic. However, there is still much hope ...
Read More

BREAKING: End of August return planned for Guinness Pro 14

IRFU Chief Executive, Philip Browne, has today announced Irish Rugby’s ‘Return to Train and Play’ proposals have been submitted ...
Read More