FT | A seven-try Guinness PRO14 win at a sold-out Irish Independent Park!— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) February 15, 2019
Neil Cronin, Andrew Conway, Darren Sweetnam, Billy Holland, Rhys Marshall, Jean Kleyn and Rory Scannell touch down as we stay top of Conference A!#MUNvKIN #SUAF 🔴 pic.twitter.com/8Hxu1mdpBN
The win now means that Munster remain top of Conference A while the Kings are rock bottom of Conference B with only two wins this season.
With five internationals back for Munster it was actually the visitors who got off to a good start to the game with breaks from the likes of Martinus Burger and Michael Willlemse showing their attacking qualities.
However, it was the hosts that struck first with Neil Cronin diving over in the 13th minute. With Rory Scannell converting in front of the posts for a 7-0 lead.
From there the Kings frustrated Munster for a large period of the half following that try but Munster also caused their own downfall with a number of mistakes.
The visitors No 8 Ruaan Lerm was sin-binned after 35 minutes as he took out Cronin in a ruck.
That yellow card left more space for Munster and within a couple of minutes, Andrew Conway was in for try number two following some great work from Jean Kleyn and Tyler Bleyendaal.
The kick was missed, and it was 12-0 at half-time.
HT | @NeilCronin92, with his first Munster try, and Andrew Conway touch down in the first half as @Scannell_Rory12 kicks a conversion to give Munster a 12-point lead.#MUNvKIN #SUAF 🔴 pic.twitter.com/wq5cXwjXoP— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) February 15, 2019
The second half began as a scrappy affair until kicks from Conway and Alby Mathewson in the 53rd minute sent Darren Sweetnam rushing over the line and Scannell converted to push them out to a 19-point lead.
On the hour mark, Billy Holland secured the bonus-point try after a couple of quick carries from Arno Botha. The two points were missed meaning it stayed at 24-0 heading into the final quarter.
The last 20 minutes were dominated by the hosts and replacement Luke Marshell added try number five from a maul which was converted by Scannell once more.
Kings subs Tertius Kruger and Andisa Ntstila were binned for a high tackle on Sweetnam and a tip tackle on Conway respectively.
Man of the match Kleyn got in on the scoring act with 10 minutes remaining, but the extras were missed.
Scannell made up for his missed kicks with a last-minute try of his own which he converted himself to leave the score at 43-0.
The biggest upset of the night was seeing Chris Farrell come off after 18 minutes with a knee injury which is a worry for both Munster and Ireland.
Speaking after the win assistant coach Jerry Flannery gave a quick update on Farrell’s injury.
“I think Chris just tweaked his knee on a carry. We already had it strapped beforehand so it is just precautionary at this stage,” he said.
Cronin also spoke after the game about his team’s content at winning the match.
“We knew what we had to do to win but they didn’t make it easy for us, so we’re delighted with the five points,” he said.
The win leaves Munster seven points clear at the top of conference A for now, while the Kings remain joint-bottom of Conference B with only 19 points.Embed from Getty Images
Leinster Duo to Miss Start of Season
Leinster have confirmed that two players will miss the start of the upcoming season in what is a big blow for the province
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has confirmed that both Ciaran Frawley and Barry Daly have suffered injuries in pre-season and will miss the start of the season.
Young fly-half Frawley impressed last season when given his chances, and with Johnny Sexton at the World Cup it was an opportunity for him and Ross Byrne to share the No 10 jersey.
However, Cullen has confirmed that Frawley has suffered an ankle ligament injury during their win over the Northampton Saints last week and has undergone a procedure to fix the problem. The bad news is that he will be out of action for six to eight weeks.
Along with Frawley, back Daly has picked up a knee ligament and cartilage injury during a training session.
Like his teammate he has undergone a procedure to mend the issue, however, he is expected to be unavailable for selection for up to five months.
With a number of key men on international duty with Ireland at the Rugby World Cup in Japan for the next two months the squad is already stretched and these will come as massive set-backs for Cullen and co.
Leinster begin their PRO14 campaign on Sunday the 28th of September away to last season’s surprise package Benetton and they will hope to get off to a winning start as they attempt to claim their third league title on the bounce.
Glasgow Warriors Sign Highlanders Prop
Glasgow Warriors have confirmed the arrival of an experienced Super Rugby loosehead
The loosehead’s move is subject to visa and a medical with the club, which he is expected to pass, and he is excited to make the move to Scotstoun.
“I’m really looking forward to moving to Glasgow. It’s going to be a new challenge for me and I’m excited about the opportunity to play in Europe. The coaching team’s reputation speaks for itself – Dave is highly regarded and I can’t wait to work with him. I also know Siua from our time at the Highlanders, so I’m sure he’ll help me settle in. Glasgow Warriors have a very strong squad and made it to the Guinness PRO14 final last season, so I know I’ll have to get my head down and work hard to compete for my place in the team,” he said while speaking to glasgowwarriors.org.
Seiuli will bring a huge amount of experience to the Glasgow set-up having notched up 38 appearances for the Highlanders and featuring in the side that defeated the 2017 British & Irish Lions.
His shear power and size is something that head coach Dave Rennie is looking forward to having in his side and believes he will fit in well.
“Aki is a hell of an athlete. We identified him as someone with that point of difference around his ball carrying and physicality. He’s a good man and someone who we believe will fit in really well into our environment. He knows he’ll need to come over and work hard because we’re going to have a lot of competition in that loosehead spot this season,” he said.
The 26-year-old will be helped to settle in by former teammate Siua Halanukonuka whom he spent time with previously. If he does settle in quickly it will be a massive prospect for the Warriors fans ahead of the new season as they look to go one step further and win the PRO14 title as well as competing in the Champions Cup.
Owens retains Scarlets captaincy for new season
With Owens set to play an integral part in Wales’ World Cup campaign outside centre Steffan Hughes and former Springboks prop Werner Kruger have been named as vice captains along with Wales squad members James Davies and his brother Jonathan.
The six consecutive seasons at the helm is a record for the Scarlets in the regional era and brings Owens alongside the great Phil Bennett, the Scarlets president, who captained Llanelli RFC between 1973 and 1979. “Ken is an outstanding leader,” said new Scarlets head coach Brad Mooar.
“I heard the other night Alun Wyn Jones refer to him as the heart of any team he is in, such high praise from a legend of the game and something that has been really clear to me from the time I have been involved in this Scarets journey. Ken’s heart beats Scarlets.
“I first met Ken about a year ago. He is held in such high regard, is such a genuine Scarlets person and an outstanding rugby player. Without exception, everybody I have spoken to – players, management, staff, the board – everyone speaks highly of Ken and his leadership abilities.
“He has played for and captained the British and Irish Lions, has been part of the leadership group for Wales. It is an absolute no-brainer that he is the right man to lead this team, club and its people.
“It is a World Cup year so we have got four vice-captains who are superb leaders in their own right, players who lead in different ways and contribute greatly to the group. That allows us to have a leadership group that is seamless throughout the year.
“With Cubby, Werner, Steff and Fox it is an awesome group to help Ken lead us. We had a launch here at Parc y Scarlets and their involvement and engagement has been outstanding.
“It is not just about the boys who are physically here now; Ken, Fox and Cubby’s connection and involvement with me, with the group and with the players, player to player, you can see that is there, as it has been with all the guys who have been involved with Wales.
“They are Scarlets at heart, they live and breathe it, and there is a huge amount of IP that will lead us throughout the season.”
Owens, who won his 67th cap for his country against Ireland last weekend, said: “It is a huge honour to be again named captain of my home region and, as I said when I was first appointed captain, a privilege to follow in the footsteps of some legends of the game who have led the Scarlets in the past.
“It is an exciting season ahead for the Scarlets and we have a strong leadership group to take us forward.”
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