Boot of Hanrahan saves Munster's blushes

Sat, Dec 15, 2012, 00:00

Munster A 9 Rotherham 9:A late JJ Hanrahan penalty saved Munster A’s blushes last night, as Rotherham Titans came within three minutes of a memorable BI Cup win at Musgrave Park.

Hanrahan slotted the late kick for Munster’s second string to seal the draw after Rotherham flanker Alex Rieder was sinbinned, but the accuracy of James McKinney had the Titans in prime position to avenge last week’s Munster win in Yorkshire.

Hanrahan missed his first attempt after five minutes, but he managed to get the hosts off the mark six minutes later after Ivan Dineen’s break earned the penalty.

But the Titans managed to stick with Munster and with skipper Lee Blackett punching holes in the heart of the home side’s cover they soon drew level when McKinney slotted his first penalty attempt as Munster were penalised for holding on in the tackle in the 19th minute.

Three minutes later he repeated the dose with a kick from halfway to edge Rotherham into a 6-3 lead and he doubled their half-time lead after Munster infringed again.

After surviving their first three BI Cup games without defeat, Munster A needed to get the second period off to a flying start and they attained just that when Hanrahan kicked his second penalty of the game after Titans were penalised for offside.

The former Ireland U20 star missed with another attempt from the right moments later, but his 77th minute kick gave Munster the draw and ensured they held on to their unbeaten record in the competition.

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