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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Munster grab crucial bonus

28 March 2015; Simon Zebo, Munster, on his way to scoring his side's second try
28 March 2015; Simon Zebo, Munster, on his way to scoring his side's second try

Munster scored five tries in the final 25 minutes to record a bonus-point 42-20 Pro12 victory over Connacht at Thomond Park on Saturday, moving them a step closer to securing a play-off spot.

A patchy first half ended with the home side leading 7-3, favour, Billy Holland dotting down from close range in response to Jack Carty's second-minute penalty.

A second Carty penalty made it a one-point game before Munster went up through the gears on the hour mark, setting up tries for Duncan Casey, Simon Zebo and Andrew Smith with captain Denis Hurley and Keith Earls also touching down in the dying minutes.

The late burst cost the visitors the losing bonus point, although Connacht will take some consolation from converted efforts from replacements Miah Nikora and Shane O'Leary.

Meanwhile, Ulster No 8 Nick Williams has been cited for allegedly striking Cardiff's Rhys Patchell in their Pro12 match at Kingspan Stadium on Friday.

Pachell was forced from the field of play after just seven minutes of the tie in Belfast, which Ulster won 36-17.

Referee Marius Mitrea ruled that Williams had gone in carelessly and sin-binned the New Zealander.

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