Emotional Munster edge Racing

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:26
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CHAMPIONS CUP REPORT: Munster paid the perfect respect to their late coach, Anthony Foley, on the anniversary of his death, by claiming a narrow 14-7 victory over Racing 92.

Two tries in nine minutes from Conor Murray and Andrew Conway saw the hosts take the victory on an emotionally charged evening at Thomond Park.

Tragic news of Foley's passing broke on the eve of Munster's Pool clash with Racing 92 in France last season and the occasion was commemorated one year on with a minute of applause ahead of kick-off in Limerick.

With the score locked at 0-0 at half-time, it looked like one score could settle the game and Munster found favour as Murray charged down his opposite number Maxime Machenaud's box-kick to slide home the opening score of the game on the hour.

Ian Keatley added the extras and just nine minutes passed before Simon Zebo offered an excellent long ball in the direction of replacement wing Conway, who touched down in the corner and the Munster advantage was doubled to 14-0 courtesy of another conversion.

Defeat means Racing 92's poor record on the road now extends to five successive losses, but a late try from second-row Leone Nakarawa, converted by Teddy Iribaren, ensured they claimed a losing bonus-point to remain within one point of Leicester Tigers and Munster, who now head Pool Four with six points apiece.

Scorers:

For Munster:
Tries: Murray, Conway
Cons: Keatley 2

For Racing 92:
Try: Nakarawa
Con: Iribaren

Teams:

Munster: 15 Simon Zebo, 14 Darren Sweetnam, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Rory Scannell, 11 Keith Earls, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Christiaan Stander, 7 Tommy O'Donnell, 6 Peter O'Mahony, 5 Billy Holland, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Stephen Archer, 2 Rhys Marshall, 1 Dave Kilcoyne.
Replacements: 16 Kevin O'Byrne, 17 Liam O'Connor, 18 John Ryan, 19 Mark Flanagan, 20 Jack O'Donoghue, 21 Duncan Williams, 22 JJ Hanrahan, 23 Andrew Conway.

Racing 92: 15 Pat Lambie, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Anthony Tuitavake, 11 Louis Dupichot, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Antonie Claassen, 7 Yannick Nyanga, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Leone Nakarawa, 4 Bernard Le Roux, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Camille Chat, 1 Eddy Ben Arous.
Replacements: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski, 17 Viliamu Afatia, 18 Census Johnston, 19 Baptiste Chouzenoux, 20 Edwin Maka, 21 Teddy Iribaren, 22 Remi Tales, 23 Albert Vulivuli.

Referee: JP Doyle (England)
Assistant referees: Luke Pearce (England), Simon McConnell (England)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)

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