Late scores see Munster snatch win

Updated: March 3, 2012

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The Dragons 14 – 24 Munster
Full time played

Keatley (pen) 3min
Robling (pen) 18min
Smith (try) 20min
Keatley (pen) 24min
Keatley (pen) 27min
Robling (pen) 29min
Robling (pen) 69min
O’Dea (try) 71min
Deasy (pen) 78min
Jones (try) 79min
Deasy (con) 80min

Full time: A strong final ten minutes lit up an otherwise drab game as Munster came from behind to grab the points in Wales.
80min Deasy has time to miss another kick as the game moves into injury time, Harrie catches it and tries to run it.
79min Thats it – TRY!!! Jones pick up a loose pass to race down the field and cross the line. Deasy adds the simple extras. 10 points in a matter of minutes have handed Munster the win.
78min Deasy lands a long kick to put Munster ahead
75min The stage is set for another Welsh escape. 5 minutes to go and Munster have a penalty.
73min Keatley misses his first kick of the day
72min TRY!! O’Dea gets Munster back into with a lovely finish, great long pass from Hurley in the build up. The sides are level now.
69min The young out half kicks it for the first score of the second half Dragons now 14 Munster 9. Still time.
68min The Dragons win a penalty and Robling has a chance to put 5 between the sides.
More errors as Munster win the ball, but the pass back is too high and Hurley is forced to clear with the outside of his boot. Dragons line out.
66min Not much to report, both sides cancelling each other out. Its been a drab affair.
64min Dragons putting Munster under pressure now, Foley does well to get back there and gather a chip and chase.
61min Hurley is on for Murphy
60min 20 minutes to go and 20 to go, still waiting for the first score of the second half. O’leary has just been sin binned.
58min Mike Sherry is on for Fogarty and he has the ball now deep in the Dragons half
57min O’Leary with a box kick, Harrie allows it bouce but shows good pace to get away from Murphy.
55min Keatley kicks to touch after Munster win the penalty. Munster line out. Dragons 11 – Munster 9
53min The Dragons almost get in for their second try but Harrie decides to come inside when he had men out side. pass back is knocked forward and chance goes away.
50min Good break by Robling who rides the tackle well.
49min The Dragons have a penalty deep in their own half. Robling with a good kick finds touch – he has looked more and more assured as the game progresses.
48min Good work by Coughlan there as he makes up the yards – Munster on the attack now in the Dragons half but its turned over.
46min Good news for Munster fans, bad news for the Dragons as Tuilagi is forced off. Hopefully he will be okay.
45min The Dragons are making all the running so far in this half but as in the first half Munster are proving strong in defence
41min Robling gets the second half underway
Half time O’Dea kicks to touch and the ref calls it. A scrappy game which the Dragons are leading by two points. Neither side has been able to grab the game by the neck with Ashley Smith’s try on 20 minutes the highlight of the half. Ian Keatley has been solid from the boot for Munster and when they have got in the Dragons half they have looked dangerous. Join us for the second half, I’m running off for a quick cup of tea.
40min Tommy O’Donnell does well to chase a long kick upfield and put the Dragons under pressure.
39min Good tackle by Murphy to win Munster a line out on their own 22. Line out won and Keatley clears the line. Well done.
37min More handling errors as first Munster turn it over but then Jones drops it straight to a Dragons man.
34min Munster knock on, few errors creeping in from both sides in last few minutes
33min Munster turn it over and have a scrum of their own, still on the 5m line.
31min Scrum Dragons on their own 5m line.
30min Mafi nearly got in as he saw the gap but good Dragons defence sees them win possession on their own line.
29min Robling makes no mistake this time to put the Dragons back in front.
29min The back and forth continues as the Dragons win a penalty from the restart and opt to kick
28min Keatley again makes no mistake from the boot to put Munster ahead: Dragons 8 – Munster 9 #dragonsvmunster
26min Munster going through the phases now and they are rewarded with another penalty
25min Munster turn the ball over, good work from O’Driscoll but indecision there by the Dragons.
24min Two from two for the former Connacht man, Dragons 8 Munster 6 #dragonsvmunster
23min Munster response is immediate and they won a penalty right in front of the posts. Keatley to kick.
21min Robling misses the conversion Dragons 8 v Munster 3
20min TRY!!!! Ashley Smith goes over for the first try of the night following a great run by Will Harries who ran through the Munster defence
18min Chance now for Robling to level it and he does, Dragons 3 – Munster 3
17min Munster win the line out but are punished for not releasing. O’Leary annoys the ref and its moved forward another ten yards
15min O’Leary with the put in, good solid scrumming from Munster so far. The experience of Horan helping matters
14min Patience is rewarded as Robling knocks on following a low pass, Munster ball and a chance to clear their lines.
14min Tuilagi bundled over Murphy there with ease, Munster defending well though.
13min Dragons have the ball deep in the Munster half
10min Super tackle by Groves to win possession for the Dragons. O’Leary caught out there. Scrum.
7min knocked forward by Brew in a promising position, Munster ball.
6min Luke O’Dea finds the top of the stand with a big kick, had plenty of height but no distance, another line out.
5min The Dragons have a penalty but its in their own half, the ball is kicked by Robling into the Munster half. Line out.
4min Line out to the Dragons as Keatley clears the Munster line
3min Straight down the middle for Keatley good start by Munster
2min Munster win the first penalty and a chance for Keatley to put Munster 3-0 up
2min Munster have put in by the way, first one collapsed
1min We’re underway and already we have the first scrum of the game
0min The players are on the pitch now and ready to go, big night for Mick O’Driscoll
0min Nearly time for kick off, if you have any comments about the game please get in touch @trevkeane
0min Recent signing Save Tokula will make his debut on Saturday evening in the centre for Munster while Mick O’Driscoll will win his 200th cap for the Irish province.
0min Luke O’Dea also comes in on the wing in place of Ireland’s Simon Zebo while Dave Foley replaces Billy Holland at lock.
0min Munster have won their last five games in all competitions since their 17-33 defeat at Ulster on 30 December.
0min The Munstermen’s solo defeat on Welsh turf in their last six visits was 13-19 at Ospreys on 3 December and coach Tony McGahan will be looking to maintain that great form.


Dragons: 15 Will Harries , 14 Tonderai Chavhanga, 13 Andy Tuilagi, 12 Ashley Smith (c), 11 Aled Brew, 10 Lewis Robling, 9 Wayne Evans, 8 Tom Brown, 7 Lewis Evans, 6 Jevon Groves, 5 Rob Sidoli, 4 Luke Charteris, 3 Nathan Buck, 2 Steve Jones, 1 Nathan Williams.

Replacements: 16 Sam Parry, 17 Phil Price, 18 Dan Way, 19 Hugo Ellis, 20 Darren Waters, 21 Jonathan Evans, 22 Jack Dixon, 23 Steffan Jones.

Munster: 15 Felix Jones, 14 Luke O’Dea, 13 Save Tokula, 12 Lifeimi Mafi, 11 Johne Murphy, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Tomas O’Leary, 8 James Coughlan, 7 Tommy O’Donnell, 6 Dave O’Callaghan, 5 Mick O’Driscoll (capt), 4 Dave Foley, 3 Stephen Archer, 2 Denis Fogarty, 1 Marcus Horan.

Replacements: 16 Mike Sherry, 17 Wian du Preez, 18 BJ Botha, 19 Billy Holland, 20 Paddy Butler, 21 Duncan Williams, 22 Scott Deasy, 23 Denis Hurley.

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