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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Munster claim Australian scalp at freezing Thomond Park

Munster claim Australian scalp at freezing Thomond Park

Munster beat Australian 15-6 in a midweek clash last night at a windswept Thomond Park where the weather was more of a feature than the rugby on hand. Ironically it was Australian Paul Warwick who handled the conditions best, kicking all the points for the home side.

Rain, wind, and freezing conditions greeted an experimental Australian side at Thomond Park as they looked to get over the heavy loss to England on Saturday by picking up a good win. Munster had other ideas though as Warwick kicked three penalties and two drop goals.

Munster famously beat the All Blacks in 1978 so this win will go down as another great win and their fourth straight victory over touring Australia teams. The scrappy nature of the game, attributed to the conditions, didnt play in the visitors favour as speedsters like Lachie Turner and Rod Davies were wasted out wide.

"There's a few boys in there suffering from hypothermia so we're definitely not used to that," said captain on the night, Berrick Barnes. "Maybe Munster can come to the outback and we'll give them a bit of heat," he added.

It was a first for the majority of the young Aussies who certainly wouldnt have experienced such a night of rugby to date in their careers. It was to be expected though and Munster seemed to thrive on the nature of the game.

They themselves werent at full strength, so theyll take the win as another famous scalp that will be spoken about for many years to come.

Time: 01:26

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