Match Report - Ospreys 13 - 32 Munster 1

Munster received their Champions Cup marketing campaign off to a terrific begin with a 32-13 bonus-level win away to the Ospreys.

Jeremy Loughman’s 34th-minute strive gave Munster a 13-6 lead on the interval and the 2-time European champions made their dominance depend within the second half by means of scores from Keith Earls and Andrew Conway.

And they clinched a bonus level on the demise, James Cronin touching down off a driving maul to place them in good stead forward of Donnacha Ryan and Simon Zebo’s return to Thomond Park subsequent Saturday with Racing 92.

Shorn of their Rugby World Cup contingent, the Ospreys entered the sport on the again of a 3-recreation dropping streak within the PRO14, which included a 28-12 defeat away to Munster on October 25.

Their defence was given a rigorous exercise in the course of the first half. They had been compelled to make 126 tackles as Munster dominated possession but it surely wasn’t till the closing phases that the Irish province made it depend on the scoreboard.

The groups had been locked at 6-6 after half an hour, two Luke Price penalties sandwiching a brace of kicks from reverse quantity Tyler Bleyendaal.

The Ospreys survived 26 lung-busting phases on 32 minutes as Munster took play from midway to deep contained in the 22, however that defensive shift took its toll.

The guests scored from the subsequent passage, Jean Kleyn latching onto Loughman because the prop took Conor Murray’s go and barging him over the tryline.

Leading 13-6 at half-time, Munster put daylight between the groups with two tries in as many minutes from their wings.

Earls produced an excellent diving end within the nook, in some way maintaining his toes within the air regardless of the attentions of Hanno Dirksen, earlier than Conway was despatched racing down the wing by Chris Farrell after a terrific flip of tempo by Loughman.

The Ospreys scored a late comfort strive by means of substitute Aled Davies however Munster had the ultimate say, Cronin dotting down from the ultimate play to safe the bonus level.


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