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Pro14: Cardiff Blues 11-20 Munster – guests spoil hosts’ Arms Park return

2021-02-26 21:55:06

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Cardiff Blues’ Matthew Morgan can’t evade Munster’s Calvin Nash
Cardiff Blues (8) 11
Tries: S Davies Pens: B Thomas 2
Munster (6) 20
Tries: Kleyn, N Scannell Cons: Hanrahan, Carbery Pens: Hanrahan 2

Munster spoiled Cardiff Blues’ return to their Arms Park dwelling after greater than a yr away with a hard-fought win.

Seb Davies burst clear for the opening strive with Ben Thomas including a penalty.

JJ Hanrahan hit the goal twice for the guests, however Blues held a slim lead on the break.

Munster’s energy off the bench paid dividends as Jean Kleyn’s try to Hanrahan’s conversion put them into the lead and Niall Scannell’s late landing sealed their win.

The win additionally cemented Munster’s lead on the prime of Convention B and offered a welcome return to Munster responsibility for Eire fly-half Joey Carbery, who got here off the bench after the break to make his first look in additional than a yr after a long-term damage.

Carbery had performed simply twice since sustaining an ankle damage earlier than the 2019 World Cup, however his conversion of Scannell’s rating ensured there was no approach again for the hosts.

Josh Turnbull led the hosts on their return to the town centre as he made his one hundred and fiftieth look as one among 5 adjustments.

The guests made six beginning adjustments following their 22-10 win over Edinburgh final weekend, together with wing Shane Daley, who was again from the Eire camp.

Cardiff Blues' last Pro14 game at Cardiff Arms Park was against Benetton on 23 February, 2020
Cardiff Blues had final performed at Cardiff Arms Park within the Pro14 towards Benetton on 23 February, 2020

The Arms Park was used for medical help amenities when the Dragon’s Coronary heart hospital was arrange subsequent door on the Principality Stadium earlier within the coronavirus pandemic, with the factitious enjoying floor having to be relaid afterwards.

Blues performed 5 ‘dwelling’ video games at Rodney Parade and two at Cardiff Metropolis Stadium throughout their exile.

Wales lock Davies’ opening strive offered a memorable second to mark Blues being again at dwelling as he strode via from Thomas’ well-weighted move.

Hanrahan and Thomas kicking exchanges included every hitting an upright after the break.

Thomas’ effort might have put Blues again forward after Kleyn had powered over to present Munster the lead for the primary time.

The guests repelled Blues’ makes an attempt to regain the initiative and after driving over substitute hooker Scannell, took management within the remaining minutes.

Cardiff Blues: Matthew Morgan, Owen Lane, Mason Grady, Rey Lee-Lo, Aled Summerhill; Ben Thomas, Jamie Hill; Corey Domachowski, Kirby Myhill, Dmitri Arhip, Seb Davies, Rory Thornton, Shane Lewis-Hughes, Ellis Jenkins, Josh Turnbull (capt).

Replacements: Liam Belcher, Theo Bevacqua, Keiron Assiratti, James Ratti, Olly Robinson, Lewis Jones, Dan Fish, Max Llewellyn.

Munster: Mike Haley; Calvin Nash, Rory Scannell, Damian de Allende, Shane Daly; JJ Hanrahan, Nick McCarthy; James Cronin, Kevin O’Byrne, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Fineen Wycherley; Jack O’Donoghue (capt), Chris Cloete, Jack O’Sullivan.

Replacements: Niall Scannell, Liam O’Connor, Roman Salanoa, Billy Holland, Gavin Coombes, Paddy Patterson, Joey Carbery, Darren Sweetnam.

Referee: Adam Jones (WRU)

Assistant Referees: Ben Whitehouse, Dan Jones (each WRU)

TMO: Sean Brickell (WRU)

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