Before the game there was one change to the line-up with Tadhg Beirne being named in the starting XV after Jean Kleyn missed out through illness.
The away side started the brighter and were rewarded for their efforts five minutes in when JJ Hanrahan sent a beautiful floated pass over to Darren Sweetnam on the left wing, who rushed past a couple of defenders to touch down.
Hanrahan added the extras and it was 7-0 in the blink of an eye.
18 minutes in and the Ospreys were level as Hanno Dirksen getting over following a Keelan Giles break and chip allowed him through the Munster defence.
Luke Price was on hand to slot over the conversion and the teams were level.
The hosts took the lead in the 32nd minute thanks to a Price penalty.
However, their lead didn’t last too long as Munster put on the pressure, with man of the match Beirne eventually breaking through and looking to touch down off the bottom off the post only for the ball to be knocked away by Sam Cross.
MOTM | There's no off button for this guy! 🏅— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) February 22, 2019
Another 80 minute man of the match performance from Tadhg Beirne after coming in as a late starter after a 5-week injury lay off 💪#OSPvMUN #SUAF pic.twitter.com/6MV4OCOiyx
After a review from the TMO, a penalty try and yellow card were awarded and it was 14-10 to Munster at half-time.
The second-half was a tough affair and it took another Price penalty to open the scoring in the 62nd minute. At that stage the Ospreys were within a point of Munster, but the reds marched on.
With the pack making some hard yards, Bill Johnston sent the ball out wide left to Mike Haley, who recorded their third try of the night.
The conversion was missed, but Munster held out for a hard-fought 19-13 win.
The win means Munster remain top of Conference A, a point ahead of Glasgow Warriors, who defeated Connacht tonight. While the Ospreys stay fourth for now having played a game more than both the Cardiff Blues and the Cheetahs.
Next up for the Ospreys is a visit to Connacht next weekend, while Munster travel to the Scarlets seeking to keep pushing for that top spot come the end of the season.
Former Welsh Ace to Hang Up Boots
One of Wales’ former stars has confirmed that he will retire from rugby come the end of the current season
Former Wales back James Hook has announced that he will be calling time on his professional rugby career come the end of the current season.
Hook is contracted to the Ospreys, but with his deal set to end at the end of the campaign he has decided the time has come to pull the curtain on a professional career spanning 16 years.
“It’s sad but something I’m really looking forward to. It comes to everyone at some point and now it’s time for me. I’ve had lots of highlights, winning Grand Slam titles and Six Nations and going on the Lions tour in 2009. Then signing my first professional contract was a big moment for me. Growing up I always aspired to be a professional rugby player. You never think it’ll actually happen so when it did it really was amazing,” he said in a post on social media.
The 34-year old picked up a total of 81-caps for Wales to go along with his 148 appearances for the Ospreys.
Hook has admitted he hopes to continue his rugby journey off the pitch, but that he is also looking forward to having more time to spend with his family after such a long time on the playing field.
“I want to stay involved in the game, particularly working on the skills, like I do now with the young kickers and the age-grade sides, and I’m hoping to finish my level three coaching qualification. It’ll be nice to spend time with my family, my three young boys and my wife. It’s going to be sad not playing at the end of the season, but you’ve got to be positive and look on the bright side and I’m looking forward to what’s next,” he added.
As well as his rugby career Hook has also written a series of children’s books that are set to be released later this year and that could provide him with something else to venture into if they are successful.
However, for now he will be hoping that he can help the Ospreys turn around their disastrous season to date before he hangs his boots up for good.
Connacht Set to Lose Big Star
Connacht look set to without one of their key men next season according to reports as he appears set for a move
They are reporting that the former Rebels man is the Top 14 side’s preferred replacement for the departing Liam Gill, who will leave at the end of this season.
Connacht were keen to keep their players’ player of the year from last season and had entered contract talks to extend his deal past the original two years, but with talks stalling Lyon have come in with a reported offer of 300,000 euro a season which would be hard to refuse.
The 28-year-old would be a huge loss to the western province having been such a massive influence since his arrival in 2018.
However, more positive news for fans is that the back-rower is set to return from a knee injury this weekend against Toulouse, to help Connacht during a period where injuries have severely hampered them.
It is understood that Connacht would like to replace Fainga’a with another overseas star, but for now they will hope to get the most out of the Aussie between now and the end of the season.
Carbery Confirms Feelings on Latest Set-Back
Joey Carbery was ruled out for the foreseeable future yesterday and the injury prone star has taken to social media to reach out to his fans
Carbery, who had an injury-hit 2019, suffering hamstring injuries that kept him out of large parts of the end of last season, before picking up an ankle injury before Ireland’s Rugby World Cup campaign, suffered a wrist ligament injury during last weekend’s loss to Ulster and will now likely miss the start of Ireland’s Six Nations campaign.
The fly-half took to social media after the news broke to thank fans for their support during a tough time in his career.
“Devastation doesn’t even describe how I’m feeling. Thanks for all the well wishes. Been a tough couple of months physically and mentally, and thought I was in the clear. But will be back soon, better than ever,” he said on Instagram.
It was announced by Munster that the Ireland star will undergo surgery on the injury and he appears set to miss their last two Champions Cup Pool stage matches along with the games with the national team.
It is a cruel blow for Carbery, who looked to be in line for a starting role for Ireland in the first couple of rounds of the Six Nations with first-choice fly-half Johnny Sexton also currently sidelined with injury.
Leinster’s Ross Byrne now appears set to be handed the reins at No 10 for the men in green and if he takes his chance Carbery could find it even harder to get back into the team.
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