Munster A finish with a flourish to sail into semi-finals

Munster A 34 Heriot’s 7

For the most part, they were given a stern examination by Pool B whipping boys Heriot’s, who arguably produced their best form of the campaign to make life difficult for Munster after the home side enjoyed a remarkable start with 15 points in as many minutes.

It wasn’t as if Munster were ever in trouble — far from it — but the dogged resistance of the Scottish side allied to a plethora of their own handling errors made it a harder evening’s work than necessary.

Yet, it all worked out eventually and two late tries gave the home side the clear-cut victory their early efforts had suggested they would achieve.

Coach Anthony Foley admitted it wasn’t as easy as the score line suggested. “It was a lot tighter but we will take it and I’m happy because we had to be patient to break Heriot’s down. I suppose we allowed ourselves to play the way they wanted us to play at times, but we recognised what was happening and took the required action. When we upped the pace of the game we looked pretty good.”

Munster dominated the early stages and began positively with a sixth minute penalty from Declan Cusack; they continued with a well worked forward–driven try from Mike Sherry after 11 minutes.

Three minutes later Munster powered further in front, loose-head prop Dave Kilcoyne getting over having been held up 60 seconds earlier. Cusack converted to leave his side 15 points to the good.

But Heriot’s responded well and launched a sustained offensive before grabbing a delightful try from winger Max Nimmo after 31 minutes with captain Graham Wilson adding the conversion.

But the home side stretched their lead with an excellent Danny Barnes try ten minutes after the break, Cusack landing the conversion from the touch-line to make it 22-7.

After surviving further Heriot’s pressure, they finished with a flourish via tries from Nick Williams and replacement Sean Scanlon to notch their highest total of the season so far.

The draw for the semi-finals is open, and Munster have to wait for some days to know their opponents. “It doesn’t really matter, what counts is that we made it and we will take whatever comes our way,” said Foley.

MUNSTER A: D Riordan; D Barnes, M Kelleher, S Deasy, C O’Boyle; D Cusask, D Williams; D Kilcoyne, M Sherry, S Archer; D Foley, I Nagle; B Holland, N Williams, P O’Mahony (capt).

Replacements: S Henry for Sherry, P ORegan for Kilcoyne, E Kelly for Foley, N Melbourne for Holland, C Murray for Williams, J Manning for Cusack, S Scanlon for Riordan.

HERIOT’S: C Goudie; J Alston, P Saunders, R Mill, M Nimmo; G Rutherford, G Wilson (capt); A Dymock, S Burnett, W Blacklock; P O’Connor, C Osazuwa; P Eccles, J Syme, C Fusaro.

Replacements: F Gillies for Wilson, N Meikle for Burnett, J Ward for Blacklock, M Teague for Alston, A Douglas for Saunders, M Goldie for Mill.

Referee: L Hodges (Wales)

Ulster Ravens 62 Aberavon 0

ULSTER RAVENS soared into the British and Irish Cup semi-finals with a ruthless eight-try demolition job over an ill-disciplined Aberavon side at Ravenhill last night.

The Ravens had the bonus try wrapped up by the 33rd minute with Ian Whitten, Declan Fitzpatrick, Robbie Diack, Cillian Willis and the returning Bryn Cunningham all touching down in a one-sided opening half.

Two quick-fire tries at the start of the second half by winger Tommy Seymour and another by Michael Allen saw the young Ulster side canter to the 50 mark in as many minutes.

Mark McCrea and Ian Humphreys also got over and Niall O’Connor landed six conversions as the Ravens recorded the biggest win so far by any team in the British and Irish Cup.

ULSTER RAVENS: B Cunningham; M McCrea, M Allen, I Whitten, T Seymour; N O'Connor, C Willis; B Young, A Kyriacou (capt), D Fitzpatrick, N McComb , E O'Donoghue, TJ Anderson, S La Valla, R Diack.

Replacements: P Karayannis for Fitzpatrick (54), D Tuohy for O’Donoghue (42), M Robinson for Diack (58), P Marshall for Willis (61), I Humphreys for Allen (62), C Cochrane for Cunningham (40).

ABERAVON: M Bennett; R Thomas, L Gadd, (capt), C Tossell, C Lewis; J Davies, D Pritchard; M Harris, B Thomas, P Breeze, A Bray, G Ronan, D Thomas, B Thomas, R Gallagher.

Replacements: D Davies for C Lewis (48), G Harvey for B Thomas (48), I Poley for Harris (40), N White for Harris (55).

Referee: L Pearce (RFU).

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CourtsRugbyPlace: Musgrave ParkPlace: RavenhillPerson: HeriotPerson: Anthony FoleyPerson: Declan CusackPerson: Mike SherryPerson: Dave KilcoynePerson: CusackPerson: Max NimmoPerson: Graham WilsonPerson: Danny BarnesPerson: Nick WilliamsPerson: Sean ScanlonPerson: FoleyPerson: D RiordanPerson: D BarnesPerson: M KelleherPerson: S DeasyPerson: C O’BoylePerson: D CusaskPerson: D WilliamsPerson: D KilcoynePerson: M SherryPerson: S ArcherPerson: D FoleyPerson: I NaglePerson: B HollandPerson: N WilliamsPerson: P O’MahonyPerson: S HenryPerson: SherryPerson: PPerson: KilcoynePerson: E KellyPerson: HollandPerson: CPerson: MurrayPerson: WilliamsPerson: J ManningPerson: S ScanlonPerson: RiordanPerson: C GoudiePerson: J AlstonPerson: P SaundersPerson: R MillPerson: M NimmoPerson: G RutherfordPerson: G WilsonPerson: A DymockPerson: S BurnettPerson: W BlacklockPerson: P O’ConnorPerson: C OsazuwaPerson: P EcclesPerson: J SymePerson: C FusaroPerson: F GilliesPerson: WilsonPerson: N MeiklePerson: BurnettPerson: J WardPerson: BlacklockPerson: M TeaguePerson: AlstonPerson: A DouglasPerson: SaundersPerson: M GoldiePerson: MillPerson: L HodgesPerson: Ian WhittenPerson: Declan FitzpatrickPerson: Robbie DiackPerson: Cillian WillisPerson: Bryn CunninghamPerson: Tommy SeymourPerson: Michael AllenPerson: Mark McCreaPerson: Ian HumphreysPerson: Niall O’ConnorPerson: B CunninghamPerson: M McCreaPerson: M AllenPerson: I WhittenPerson: T SeymourPerson: N O'ConnorPerson: C WillisPerson: B YoungPerson: A KyriacouPerson: D FitzpatrickPerson: N McCombPerson: E O'DonoghuePerson: TJ AndersonPerson: S La VallaPerson: R DiackPerson: FitzpatrickPerson: D TuohyPerson: O’DonoghuePerson: M RobinsonPerson: DiackPerson: P MarshallPerson: WillisPerson: I HumphreysPerson: AllenPerson: C CochranePerson: CunninghamPerson: M BennettPerson: R ThomasPerson: L GaddPerson: C TossellPerson: C LewisPerson: J DaviesPerson: D PritchardPerson: M HarrisPerson: B ThomasPerson: P BreezePerson: A BrayPerson: G RonanPerson: D ThomasPerson: R GallagherPerson: D DaviesPerson: G HarveyEvent: Irish CupEvent: British and Irish CupOrganisation: MunsterOrganisation: Munster AOrganisation: HeriotOrganisation: Ulster RavensOrganisation: AberavonOrganisation: UlsterOrganisation: Ravens

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