Low-scoring victory sends Munster back on track in the URC

Photo: ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

Graham Rowntree’s side have now won three of their opening five championship games this season.

Munster 10 – 3 Stormers

Munster bounced back from last week’s defeat to Ulster in the United Rugby Championship with a 10-3 victory over Stormers last Saturday at Thomond Park.

It was a low scoring affair where the grit and determination of the Munster men proved vital in getting the win.

Result aside, there was more good news for Munster as the international trio of Conor Murray, Peter O’Mahony and Tadhg Beirne returned for their first club appearance of the season.

Stephen Archer came on to make his 268th Munster appearance, equaling Donncha O’Callaghan’s record of most appearances for the province.

Stephen Archer leaves the field having equaled Donncha O’Callaghan’s 268 Munster appearances. Photo: ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

Edwin Edogbo’s try in the first half proved to be the difference between the sides in what was a grueling affair where the conditions played their part in Limerick.

A penalty from Jack Crowley was the only other score in the game for Munster who will be relieved to come away with the victory following last weekend’s defeat.

Munster were helped in the first half through Stormers’ captain Neethling Fouche being binned, as well as their opposition’s inability to score.

The South Africans did, however, eventually get off the mark in the second half with a penalty from Sasha Feinberg-Mngomezulu after 45 minutes.

But it was a day where defence came out on top, with both sides having to defend for long periods throughout the game which made for quite the ugly watch.

However, Munster wont be phased about that as the result sent them back to winning ways ahead of their trip to Dublin to face Leinster at the weekend.


Munster: 15 Shane Daly, 14 Calvin Nash, 13 Antoine Frisch, 12 Alex Nankivell, 11 Shay McCarthy, 10 Jack Crowley, 9 Craig Casey, 8 Gavin Coombes, 7 John Hodnett, 6 Peter O’Mahony (captain), 5 Tadhg Beirne, 4 Edwin Edogbo, 3 John Ryan, 2 Scott Buckley, 1 Jeremy Loughman.
Replacements: 16 Chris Moore, 17 Josh Wycherley, 18 Stephen Archer, 19 Tom Ahern, 20 Jack O’Donoghue, 21 Conor Murray, 22 Rory Scannell, 23 Alex Kendellen.

Stormers: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Ben Loader, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Paul de Wet, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Ben-Jason Dixon, 6 Willie Engelbrecht, 5 Gary Porter, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Neethling Fouche (captain), 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Sti Sithole.
Replacements: 16 Andre-Hugo Venter, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Brok Harris, 19 Adre Smith, 20 Keke Morabe, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Clayton Blommetjies, 23 Angelo Davids.

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