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Munster ‘A’ Run Out Bonus Point Winners In Doncaster
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Munster ‘A’ Run Out Bonus Point Winners In Doncaster

Munster ‘A’ Run Out Bonus Point Winners In Doncaster

Despite a slow start, Munster ‘A’ soon hit their stride and ran in four tries in securing a 28-12 bonus point win away to Doncaster Knights at Castle Park this afternoon.

Taking time to settle, Munster 'A' did well to concede just one try as Doncaster took command in the opening 20 minutes, their greater cohesion and physicality winning them the lion's share of penalties, one of which saw Jarad Williams cross for the game's opening try.

But the men in red soon got going and, in stark contrast to the first quarter, they began to boss proceedings approaching the interval with a Gavin Coombes try and Te Aihe Toma conversion seeing Munster start the second half all square at 7-7.

Leading from the front, captain Robin Copeland bolstered the province's ever growing momentum and confidence with a try on 42 minutes and from there they began to cut loose, taking advantage of Doncaster's lack of composure as Munster 'A' upped the ante in this rescheduled British & Irish Cup fixture.

Calvin Nash and Cian Bohane both picked off intercept scores before Sam Edgerly drew one back for Knights, but it was too little, too late as Munster 'A' left Castle Park with a maximum return for their efforts.

There was no let-up from Knights early on as they forced penalty after penalty from their visitors and it was off a fourth consecutive kick to the corner that quick lineout ball saw Williams cross for a 16th minute try with Simon Humberstone adding the conversion.

Not until the second quarter did Munster 'A' start to threaten Doncaster. Accidental offside saw an initial opportunity go a-begging, but soon after, a lineout on the five-metre line provided the platform for Academy back rower Coombes to touch down for his second try of the current campaign. Switching to out-half, Toma added the extras and Munster 'A' were back on level terms by the 35-minute mark.

With the momentum swinging the way of the visitors, they were out in front on 42 minutes when captain Copeland led by example in using his ample bulk and athleticism to break the tackle and cross for his side's second try with Toma again converting. And there was more to come from the province.

Academy winger Nash showed he has serious gas to burn with a breakaway try from just inside halfway. His touchdown under the posts on 55 minutes gave Toma the easiest of conversions which he duly slotted.

Three minutes later, Munster 'A' were in again as they picked off loose play by Knights who began to chase proceedings. This time Bohane pounced on a misplaced pass to run through unopposed from halfway and Toma made it four-from-four with the extras.

Striking when his team needed it most, Edgerley's chip and chase saw the winger finish superbly to give Doncaster a glimmer of hope with less than a quarter to play but a missed conversion did not make their comeback chances any easier.

Munster 'A' duly held out from there to record a fine 28-12 away win, a result that sees them consolidate their position as Pool 2 leaders ahead of next Friday night's return encounter with Doncaster at Bandon RFC (kick-off 7pm). 

Tickets for Munster 'A' v Doncaster Knights can be purchased online here. Entry is free for all Munster Rugby Supporters Club members and 10-Year ticket holders on production of membership cards or season tickets.

Referee: Stuart Gaffikin (Ireland)

Lineups Scorers

Match Lineups

Home Team

Paul Jarvis; Andy Bulumakau, Lloyd Hayes, Mat Clark, Sam Edgerley; Simon Humberstone, Michael Heaney; Richard List, Jack Bergmanas, Colin Quigley, Huw Taylor, Glen Young, Jack Ram, Michael Hills (capt), Jarad Williams.

Replacements: Robin Hislop, Dave Nelson, WillGriff John, Matt Challinor, Will Owen, Declan Cusack, Ben White.

Away Team

David Johnston; Calvin Nash, Sam Arnold, Dan Goggin, Greg O'Shea; Te Aihe Toma, John Poland; Peter McCabe, Kevin O'Byrne, Brian Scott, Fineen Wycherley, Evan Mintern, Dave O'Callaghan, Gavin Coombes, Robin Copeland (capt).

Replacements used: Cian Bohane for Arnold (half-time), Liam O'Connor for McCabe, Rory Burke for Scott (all 51 mins), Stephen Fitzgerald for O'Shea (58), Vincent O'Brien for O'Byrne (62), Ronan Coffey for Mintern (69), Bailey Faloon for Coombes (73).

Match Scorers

Home Team

Tries: Jarad Williams, Sam Edgerley; Con: Simon Humberstone

Away Team

Tries: Gavin Coombes, Robin Copeland, Calvin Nash, Cian Bohane; Cons: Te Aihe Toma 4