Monday, February 22, 2010
Munster had two players sent to the sin-bin and three injured but they managed to overcome the challenge and beat Edinburgh 19-12 in a competitive Magners League match at Musgrave Park on the weekend.
Paul Warwick went off injured early on so was replaced by young academy player Scott Deasy, who went on to score the best try of the match, with this great individual effort.
Unfortunately for Deasy it wasnt plain sailing, as he missed five kicks at goal, adding to the pressure Munster were already experiencing from the Edinburgh side.
Edinburghs David Blair kicked four penalties and slotted a drop goal, but they were unable to come up with a try as they took home only a losing bonus point from the match.
Alan Quinlan was yellow carded for a ruck offence, and later Lifeimi Mafi was also sin-binned, that time for a tackle off the ball. They held on for the win though, with Deasys superb line break and chip and chase proving the difference in the end.
Edinburgh coach Rob Moffat rued the missed chances and lack of killer instinct from his side, citing a strange ten minute period where they should have gone ahead.
"The turning point was when Munster got a yellow card and scored eight points while they were down to fourteen men," Moffat said.
"They just upped their game during that period and were pretty clinical in scoring the try.We created a lot of good chances but didn't take them, and I think that was the difference between the sides.
"Like Munster, we hadn't played for three weeks and I thought that showed in the end. You can expect to be sharp in everything you do if your players haven't played for a month.
"We played well overall and it's just a pity that we didn't come out the other side of it because we quite easily could have. Munster are good at winning close games and they did what they needed to in order to win this one," he added.