Munster ease to bonus point win over Connacht in Vodafone Women’s Interprovincial Championship

First half tries from Maeve Óg O’Leary, Dorothy Wall, Deirbhile Nic a Bháird and Kate Flannery ensured the bonus point was secured before half-time.

Munster made it successive wins to kick off their Vodafone Women’s Interprovincial Championship with a 46-7 win over Connacht in Musgrave Park.

First half tries from Maeve Óg O’Leary, Dorothy Wall, Deirbhile Nic a Bháird and Kate Flannery ensured the bonus point was secured before half-time.

In the second-half, Munster continued their dominance as Nic a Bháird, Alana McInerney, Aoife Doyle and Fiona Reidy all crossed to secure a comprehensive win.

Some nice play between backs and forwards got Munster close to the Connacht line where O’Leary managed to go over for the first try of the game. Flannery kicked the conversion to secure an early 7-0 lead.

Connacht hit back soon after, as a ball over the top bounced kindly into the hands of Clara Barrett who scored under the posts. Nicole Fowley’s conversion levelled the game.

Wall got Munster back into the lead as she powered over, before Flannery converted to give Munster a 14-7 lead.

Nic a Bháird was on hand to glide through a gap and score Munster’s third try, although Flannery would miss the conversion this time.

Munster won a penalty for a deliberate knock on and it was Flannery who reacted quickest as she took a quick-tap and crossed for the bonus-point try. The out-half wasn’t able to convert her own try as Munster went into the half-time break with a 24-7 lead.

Munster scored second-half tries through Nic a Bháird and McInerney, as they grew their lead to 36-7.

The seventh try came when Aoife Doyle crossed, adding to a dominant display. Munster’s final try came when McInerney was tackled just short of the line and Reidy was on hand to pick and go from close-range to secure a 46-7 win for Munster.

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