A powerful display from Dave Kilcoyne ensured Munster’s recent impressive form continued on Friday as they saw off the Ospreys on a score of 33-0 in their PRO12 clash at Musgrave Park.
Kilcoyne’s scored two tries in what was arguably his best performance for the province. Darren Sweetnam, Ronan O’Mahony and Robin Copeland also touched down in what was a stunning display by Rassie Erasmus’s men.
Munster dominated their Welsh opponents in every way possible. The home side were on top in the scrum, lineout, defensively and carried an attacking threat that hasn’t been seen often enough in the last few seasons.
The home side were dominant from the off and were 14-0 up with just 14 minutes played thanks to Kilcoyne and Sweetnam tries.
Despite bossing the game in every facet of play, Munster had to wait until the 54th minute for their third try which Ronan O’Mahony delivered.
Kilcoyne capped powerful performance to wrap up the try bonus point before Copeland grabbed a fifth try for Munster late on.
Tyler Bleyandaal was also in fine form and he was involved in Munster’s opening score on eight minutes. He nearly put Ronan O’Mahony through with a silky reverse pass but the winger was stopped short.
The Ospreys defence couldn’t repeat the trick with Kilcoyne and the loosehead prop burrowed over for the score that Bleyendaal converted.
The try seemed to spur Munster on even more and it wasn’t long before they had doubled their lead. Andrew Conway started the attack with a scintillating midfield break but the Osprey’s did well to snuff out the attack.
Munster then stole a lineout in Ospreys territory and after a good run, Ronan O’Mahony was stopped short of the line for a second time.
The home side were patient and scored in the corner through Sweetnam. Bleyendaal then landed his second conversion from a difficult angle to put Munster 14 points ahead.
Ospreys gallantly fought their way into opposition territory but found a solid Munster defense in their way with Niall Scannell particularly impressive.
Kilcoyne was also putting in big hits but was even more impressive with ball in hand. In one Munster attack late in the half he carried three times and led his side into the 22 but they were unable to add to their lead until the second half.
Some superb defensive pressure inside the Ospreys 22 saw Josh Matavesi’s pass go to ground and Ronan O’Mahony showed brilliant footwork to flick the ball into his hand and cross for an easy score.
Ospreys brought former All Black Brendon Leonard off the bench to try and create something from scrum half and it nearly paid off on the hour.
He threw a powerful pass to Rob McCusker but it was too high and hit the Osrpeys back rower’s head. Leonard broke onto the loose ball and chipped over Conway and collected the ball to score an opportunist try but the play was brought back as he was in an offside position when he originally gained possession.
That chance was only a minor blip for Munster and they had their try bonus point sewn up eight minutes later. Some strong carries from Ronan O’Mahony, Peter O’Mahony and Andrew Conway brought Munster close to the line.
Kilcoyne was then on hand to power over for a second try from close range that Bleyendaal converted to put Munster 26-0 in front.
Copeland then added a fifth try late on when he benefitted from a strong Jack O’Donoghue carry off a scrum five metres from the Ospreys line. Ian Keatley added the extras to cap off a brilliant Munster display.