Munster Women record bonus point win to set up Leinster decider

Munster now move up to second place in the table following the win.

The Munster Women’s side recorded their first victory of the interprovincial championship at the weekend when they defeated Ulster 32-5 in Garryowen.

Only one score separated the side at the break following a well worked score from Munster’s Rachel Allen which and with Ellen Murphy off target with the conversion it meant only the home side would have the slightest of margins.

Laura Guest’s side were on top for large periods of the first half with a lot of possesion and territory to their name, but thanks to a strong Ulster defence couldn’t add to their try.

Ilse Van Staden was shown yellow in the 35th minute but the away side managed to keep their opponents scoreless for that period of the sin bin into the second half.

However, early in the second half Derek Sufferen’s women couldn’t hold out much longer and Munster finally got their second score.

Chloe Pearse went over in the 46th minute and that try was soon followed by another when Niamh Kavanagh got in on the act to record her side’s third with a half an hour still left to play.

10 minutes after the quickfire double, Laura Sheehan went over to secure a try bonus point for the hosts, which they badly need after failing to record a win in their opener against Connacht.

Amy Graham, who came on as a replacement for Ulster, got her side’s first points of the game a couple of minutes after Sheehan’s score but would prove to be the only points the visitors would claim on the day.

Munster continued to pile on the pressure and were rewarded with only 2 minutes left on the clock when second row Edel Murphy got over for her side’s fifth of the afternoon which was soon followed by a try in the last play from Christine Arthur to round of a pleasing win for the Province.

Munster will play host to Leinster next Saturday in their final game of 2017 women’s Interprovincial series at Thomonsd Park. Kick off for that tie is half 2.

A potential title clinching fixture next weekend when Munster host Leinster.

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