Munster continue fine run of form with home win

Munster go top of the Pro12 table after their bonus point win over Treviso

 Munster’s Robin Copeland on the attackagainst Treviso. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Munster’s Robin Copeland on the attackagainst Treviso. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

 

Munster 46 Treviso 3

Munster made it five wins in a row and went top of the Pro12 with a comfortable bonus point victory over Treviso at Thomond Park.

Munster have only lost once in all competitions since September and are now undefeated at home since Christmas 2015.

The hosts led 22-3 at half-time and Darren O’Shea’s try just after half-time gave them the valuable bonus point. Andrew Conway had scored twice, and Robin Copeland also touched down in the first-half – Ronan O’Mahony (two) and Alex Wootton added further tries.

Treviso had won just once in the Pro12 this season against the Dragons, and had not won away from home in the Pro12 since 2013. But they took the lead after nine minutes when outhalf Ian McKinley scored a penalty.

Tyler Bleyendaal cancelled that out shortly after, and then Copeland scored a try for Munster off the back of a scrum in the 21st minute. Munster had taken control at that stage and Bleyendaal’s conversion gave them a 10-3 lead.

Conway struck next when he scored his first try in the corner four minutes later. Bleyendaal missed the conversion but he set up Conway’s second effort just before half-time.

It was a brilliant move, when he connected with Ronan O’Mahony and Conway scored the try. Bleyendaal’s conversion gave Munster a 22-3 lead in the 36th minute.

Munster held that lead until half-time and O’Shea scored three minutes into the second-half but the home side then had to wait until O’Mahony got their fifth try in the 65 th minute, Wootton scored and O’Mahony struck again.

Munster: A Conway; D Sweetnam, S Arnold, J Taute, R O’Mahony; T Bleyendaal, D Williams; D Kilcoyne, R Marshall, J Ryan; D Foley, D O’Shea; J O’Donoghue, T O’Donnell, R Copeland. Replacements: T du Toit for Kilcoyne (47 mins), B Holland for O’Donnell (53 mins), J Kleyn for Foley (54 mins), A Wootton for Sweetnam (57 mins), S Archer for Ryan (62 mins), N Scannell for Marshall (62 mins), I Keatley for Bleyendaal (67 mins), A Lloyd for Williams (67 mins).

Treviso: J Hayward; M Tagicakibau, T Iannone, A Sgarbi, L Sperandio; I McKinley, T Tebaldi; A De Marchi, L Bigi, M Zanusso; F Gerosa, M Van Vuren; M Lazzaroni, F Ferrarini, M Barbini. Replacements: D Odiete for Iannone (43 mins), R Santamaria (48 mins), D Giazzon for Bigi (49 mins), T Pasquali for Zanusso (49 mins, HIA), F Zani for De Marchi (57 mins), A Pratichetti for Sperandio (57 mins), F Conforti for Van Vuren (63 mins).

Referee: Mike Adamson (SRU).

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