World News – GB – Young Munster guns shine under Thomond’s lights for PRO14 victory over Cardiff






Mike Haley of Munster of Munster is tackled by Olly Robinson of Cardiff Blues during the Guinness PRO14 match at Thomond Park in Limerick Photo: Ramsey Cardy / Sportsfile

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The kids are alright Novelty abounded at a ghostly Thomond Monday night, the lights and enterprising young guns land an opening hat-trick of the season after exciting dishes from start to finish

There were as many mistakes as there were cryptic sweeps, but this is how the team must advance their game for the bigger days to come. Signs of young guns hold immense promise

JJ Hanrahan’s fifth attempt after a hat-trick sums up their approach; just like the many concessions of score But the intentions are honorable

Ben Healy’s vision, skill and power of the attackers were a potent cocktail, even amid a mind-boggling number of mistakes

They had a false start Mike Haley’s kick put his side under pressure and after losing to the ground, Cardiff attacked from the air after throwing a penalty for touching

Jarrod Evans and Willis Halaholo targeted a hole in the midfield and released Rey Lee-Lo for an easy score as the Munster midfielder scratched his head after barely touching their opponents’ shirts

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From the penalty Munster relied on the power upwind and Gavin Coombes produced what always seemed like an inevitable leveling score

Munster was fearless Cardiff wielded the abrasive John Hodnett down the line before mighty Gavin Coombes belatedly got what he and his team deserved, with Healy’s extras pushing the hosts into the lead for the first time, 14 -10 per half hour

Munster, on the other hand, was debauched, but not through negligence; they play the type of game required to adapt the whole province to the needs of modern gaming

When the excellent Kevin O’Byrne was kicked high attempting a third successive offload from a striker in a sweeping attack, Healy’s penalty put his team just, 17-13, at the break

James Cronin’s umpteenth turnover saw Healy a sighter regain the seven-point lead, but his efforts hit the post

Next time he went to get the full Monty; his peloton rewarded the decision, O’Byrne emerging from the bottom of a tightly-knit maul to give his team some relief from the scoreboard, Healy securing his next forehand for 24-13

As at the right time, Munster finished in midfield again and Evans crossed a flat-footed Healy to score, Evans going 24-18

Jack O’Donoghue picked up the bonus point for the attempt on time, but not the game, as Halaholo countered the Cardiff opening attempting to unravel moments later to leave just four points 17 minutes from the end

Munster: Mr. Haley; C Nash, D Goggin (D De Allende 29), R Scannell, D Sweetnam; B Healy (JJ Hanrahan 66), C Casey (N McCarthy 73); J Cronin (J Wycherley 70), K O’Byrne (R Marshall 60), S Archer (R Salonoa 70), F Wycherley (J Kleyn 65), B Holland capt, J O’Donoghue, J Hodnett (C Cloete 69) , G Coombes

Cardiff Blues: Mr Morgan; A Summerhill, R Lee-Lo, W Halaholo (G Smith 70), H Amos; J Evans (J Tovey 70), L Jones (J Hill 70); C Domachowski (B Thyer 67), K Dacey (E Lewis 70), D Arhip (S Andrews 70), B Murphy, R Thornton (A Lawrence 42), J Ratti, J Botham, O Robinson

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