Trip to South Africa next for Munster after Dragons slaying

Munster got their competitive campaign off to a perfect start with a 39-9 win over the Dragons in the Pro14 at Thomond Park before heading off to South Africa earlier this week.

Johann van Graan’s side crossed for five tries in the win and will be full of confidence ahead of the upcoming games against the South Kings and Cheetahs.

In a game played in horrific conditions, Munster started slowly, but the result never looked in doubt once Arno Botha crossed for the first try.

Guinness PRO14, Thomond Park, Limerick 28/9/2019 Munster vs Dragons Munster’s Arno Botha scores a try Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Jack O’Donoghue soon followed up with a second, before a bit of magic from Shane Daly accounted for Munster’s third try and a 22-9 half time advantage.

Tyler Bleyendaal’s effort on the hour made sure of the bonus point. Diarmuid Barron then came off the bench to score Munster’s fifth and final try.

Following the game, van Graan paid tribute to his players after a professional display.

“I thought it was quite a clinical performance. The first 10 minutes, played the conditions very well and put the ball in behind us.

“We adjusted our plan a little it because the ball was so slippy. We then started to get some ascendancy and our forwards got control.

The process went very well. I thought some of our plays went really well. Our defence went really well and that’s what we build on.

“There is a lot of talk about the attack, but we didn’t concede a try. The way we defended our line, that’s what I want to see, that killer instinct.”

Van Graan also singled out winger Daly for his fantastic showing that yielded him the man of the match award.

Guinness PRO14, Thomond Park, Limerick 28/9/2019 Munster vs Dragons Munster’s Shane Daly scores a try Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Daly is one of a number of younger players looking to shine while Munster’s Irish players are away in Japan.

“I thought it was excellent. “That exact same kick and score he actually trained in the week.

“That’s nice to see, but also the mid set to go for it and actually execute. He is a very good player.

“He has a long way to go in terms of his development, but very nice to give him an opportunity to start and for him to make use of those opportunities.”

Munster play the Southern Kings in the first of their two games in consecutive weeks in South Africa this Saturday. Van Graan has named a 28-man squad for the trip. The Kings lost out to Cardiff Blues in their opening game of the season.

Van Graan has included short term signing Jed Holloway in the touring party after he was granted a work permit.

Dan Goggin and Calvin Nash also make the trip to South Africa after returning from injury. The game versus the Kings is live on eirSport 1 and 3pm.

Social Sharing

Posted in

Munster name side to face Connacht A as O’Donoghue captains team

An extended Munster A squad has been named for Saturday’s Interprovincial against Connacht Eagles at Thomond Park (3pm). ...
Read More

The Breakdown EP143: The Boy Who Cried Wolfpack

In this weeks Breakdown podcast, Raff and Tom look back on the week in Rugby. They examine Leinster's ...
Read More

Munster Assisting Academy Player Following Positive Covid Test

Munster Rugby have confirmed a positive Covid-19 test result for one of their academy players this evening. The ...
Read More

Monday Night Munster as Pro 14 release 2020/21 fixture list

The Guinness PRO14 will break new ground as it introduces prime-time Monday Night Rugby to its schedule for ...
Read More

Murray and Conway progressing through injury returns as Munster prep for Connacht

The Munster squad and coaching team returned to the HPC on Monday ahead of Saturday’s ‘A’ Interpro against ...
Read More

Support Munster with Cardboard cutouts

A full Thomond Park awash with red is one of the great sights in world rugby. We are ...
Read More

Junior Rugby Recap: Big Limerick wins in Munster Senior Cup

Shannon, Garryowen and Young Munster will join Highfield in the semi-finals of the Bank of Ireland Munster Senior ...
Read More

Munster A side named for Connacht clash on Saturday

An extended 26-man Munster A squad has been named for Saturday’s Interpro against Connacht A at the Sportsground ...
Read More