British and Irish Cup: Jack O’Donoghue bagged a brace of tries for Munster A as they got their British and Irish Cup campaign back on track with a win in Nottingham last night at Meadow Lane.
As their seniors were impressing in the Champions Cup, Mick O’Driscoll’s side got back to winning ways thanks to tries in each half from the former Irish U20 skipper and an impressive return to action from Johnny Holland.
The Munster fly-half made his comeback from a shoulder injury picked up on his senior debut last month and converted both the Waterford man’s tries and added three penalties to clinch the win.
Munster led 13-0 at the break but tries from Matt Everard and Paul Grant got Nottingham back in the tie, only for Holland and O’Donoghue to clinch the win.
Sean McCarthy’s yellow just before the break was the one drawback of the first 40 minutes. Munster were forced back on their heels in the opening minutes of the second half, Dan Mugford missed a kick at goal for Nottingham before Paul Grant rampaged over five minutes in.
Mugford missed two further kicks his side couldn’t afford and he was then sacrificed.
In his stead came Will Maisey and he converted an wonderful try from open-side Matt Everard in the 67th minute that brought Nottingham to within a point.
Munster remained composed, Holland gave them a four-point lead and they got their second try through O’Donoghue after some more intense pressure.
Holland converted and Munster claimed a vital victory to regain top spot in the pool.
Scorers Nottingham: P Grant, M Everard tries; Maisey con
Munster A: J O’Donoghue 2 tries; J Holland 2 cons; J Holland 3 pens
NOTTINGHAM: B Robinson; R Hough, E Styles (J Munro 60), J Pohe, P Iongi; D Mugford (W Maisey 60), S Romans (A Smit 68); G Porter, S Malton, M Holford (C Carey 53); T Freeman, M Eames (R Cooper 66); B Wilson (capt), M Everard (T Calladine 68), P Grant.
MUNSTER A: S Fitzgerald; G O’Shea, D Goggin, R Scannell, R O’Mahony; J Holland, C Sheridan; A Cotter, N Scannell, R Burke; D O’Callaghan, S McCarthy; S Buckley, B O’Mahony (S Dougall 51), J O’Donoghue (capt).
Referee: Rhys Thomas