Thursday 14 December 2017

Bonus in Treviso's thumping at Thomond

Munster ran out convincing 26-point winners over Benetton Treviso at Thomond Park, maintaining their position at the top of the Magners League.

Three converted tries from James Coughlan, Damien Varley (pictured) and David Wallace helped the hosts take a 27-3 interval lead, and efforts in the second half from Keith Earls and Mike Sherry sealed the bonus point on a 39-13 scoreline.

Munster's captain for the night, Ronan O'Gara, had a 100pc kicking return -- tallying up 14 points from six successful kicks.

His opposite number, Chris Burton, kicked two penalties and converted Ludovico Nitoglia's try.

Marcus Horan became the 12th player to join Munster's injury list, earlier this week, but the province have strength in depth and this was shown in a robust first half display.

O'Gara kicked a fourth-minute penalty from just outside the 22 but Burton responded in kind. Munster's response was swift, Peter Stringer sending number eight Coughlan over from close range.

Munster's effective scrum put Treviso under pressure, with ref David Jones sin-binning Franco Sbaraglini and Augusto Allori.

Varley sprinted in for his try in the 20th minute before man-of-the-match Wallace touched down as Treviso's defence gave way, and O'Gara followed up.

Burton closed the gap with his second penalty, but when O'Gara dived to scoop up a loose ball in midfield, Munster quickly turned defence into attack as Wallace galloped towards the 22 and linked with Earls who made it over in the left corner.

Treviso enjoyed a purple patch around the hour mark, helped by Wian Du Preez's sin-binning, but the leaders were comfortable winners.

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