Munster Start the Season Off Right with 34-3 Win over Benetton – Munster’s Jack O’Donoghue runs the ball past former Maori All Black Whetu Douglas. Photo: MunsterRugby
Munster Start the Season Off Right with 34-3 Win over Benetton
By I Love Limerick Correspondent Jordan Mac Cormaic
Munster claimed their first five points of the new Guinness Pro 14 season after beating Benetton Rugby 34-3 thanks to six tries and great defensive play.
The Reds’ South African lock Jean Kleyn had the perfect return from a long term injury, scoring Munster’s first try of the season in the first ten minutes of the game.
Munster continued to dominate Benetton early on and they had a second try not long after when Tyler Bleyendaal scored.
Munster’s third try in the first thirty minutes came when a nice bit of skill from Alex Wootton sent his fellow winger Darren Sweetnam over the line.
Wootton himself bagged the bonus point try just after the half hour mark in what was the play of the game. Andrew Conway took the ball down and broke through a tackle before starting a beautiful piece of passing play between Tommy O’Donnell, Sweetnam and Bleyendall eventually ending with Wootton scoring in the left corner.
Conway’s man-of-the-match form continued and was rewarded with a try four minutes later, running a hard line and taking a sneaky pass from his back three counterpart Sweetnam.
Not enjoying his best of nights off the tee, Bleyendaal slotted just one opening-half conversion and Munster led 27-3 at the break.
The second half was a much more quiet affair than the first. Working through the phases, Kleyn secured his brace on 49 minutes and that would be it in terms of scores for the men in red.
Munster didn’t have the better of possession in the second half but that didn’t matter as they put on a defensive master class in the second 40, not allowing Benetton a single point in the second half. Munster would finish the game deserved winners 34-3.
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