Ronan O’Mahony runs in hat-trick for Munster
Flying winger touched down three times in the second half against London Irish
Munster’s Mike Sherry and Paddy Butler congratulate Ronan O’Mahony (centre) after he got a hat trick of tries against London Irish at Musgrave Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho
Munster 27 London Irish 13: Ronan O’Mahony ran in a second-half hat-trick for Munster as JJ Hanrahan came of the bench to rescue a grinding win against London Irish at Musgrave Park.
In front of 6,340 Hanrahan bagged his second try of the pre-season to give the home side their second win after Ian Humphreys looked likely to lead London Irish to the spoils.
But the plaudits go to flying winger O’Mahony who rounded off a super individual display with a well taken trio of scores.
Bryn Evans touched down 11 minutes after the restart to put Irish in control, but once Rob Penney emptied the bench, the extra power introduced proved crucial in taking the win as O’Mahony completed his hat-trick in the 80th minute.
Munster: Try: R O’Mahony (3), JJ Hanrahan; Cons: JJ Hanrahan (2); Pens: I Keatley
London Irish: Try: B Evans; Cons: I Humphreys; Pens: I Humphreys (2)
Munster: D Hurley; R O’Mahony, C Laulala, C Bohane, J Murphy; I Keatley, C Sheridan; J Ryan, D Varley, S Archer; D Foley, I Nagle; Dave O’Callaghan, S Dougall, P Butler. Replacements: J Cronin for Ryan (h-t), BJ Botha for Archer (h-t), Donncha O’Callaghan for Foley (h-t), J Coughlan for Butler (h-t), D Williams for Sheridan (44), M Sherry for Varley (52), CJ Stander for Dave O’Callaghan (52), N Ronan for Dougall (52), JJ Hanrahan for Keatley (52),B Holland for Nagle (52), R Scannel for Hurley (70), J Holland for Murphy (70), J Ryan for Botha (80).
London Irish: T Ojo; M Yarde, G Armitage, E Sheridan, A Fenby; I Humphreys, T O’Leary; L Halavatau, D Paice, H Aulika; G Skivington, B Evans; K Low, O Treviranus, J Fisher. Replacements: D Danaher, for Low (6-16 blood), N Rouse for Skivington (27), J Stevens for Fenby (39), J Hagan for Aulika (h-t), G Ellis for Treviranus (h-t), P Phibbs for O’Leary (h-t), H Aulika for Hagan (44), A Fenby for Ojo (57), S Geraghty for Humphreys (62), J Stephens for Paice (65), J Harris for Halavatau (65), J Sinclair for Evans (65).
Referee: David Wilkinson (IRFU)