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Saturday 18 August 2018

Supersub Murray makes the difference

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My ball: Andrew Conway
My ball: Andrew Conway

Conor Murray landed a penalty from inside his own half to push Munster to a 19-17 win over The Cheetahs in Bloemfontein last night.

It didn't looked good for the Reds when they lost Simon Zebo to the bin and dropped 14 points behind in the first half-hour.

It took that man Murray's try - he replaced James Hart in the 35th minute - and JJ Hanrahan's extras to halve the difference before Johan Goosen struck a penalty for 17-7 at the break.

Hanrahan notched up penalties in the 45th, 53rd and 62nd minutes before Murray's kick was a killer in the 66th minute.

Elsewhere, Glasgow confirmed their place at the top of Conference A to ensure a home semi-final by handing Connacht a 35-22 beating at Scotstoun.

The Westerners got off to a dream start from Finlay Bealham's second minute try.

That was as good as it got as Glasgow fired back with tries by Stuart Hogg, Alex Dunbar and Fraser Brown as well as 15 points from the boot of Peter Horne to make it 30-8 at the break.

The bonus-point was secured by Henry Pyrgos in the 44th minute ahead of consolations from Caolan Blade and a penalty try.

Meanwhile, Jacob Stockdale popped up with a last minute try to ensure Ulster's 8-0 win over the Ospreys at the Kingspan.

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