Munster cruise past Perpignan
December 8, 2013
Perpignan's Jean-Pierre Perez tackles Munster's Dave Kilcoyne © Getty Images
Munster secured maximum points against a lacklustre Perpignan side as they cruised to a 36-8 triumph at Thomond Park.
The first-half was all Munster as Perpignan looked on helplessly as the men in red crossed for three tries. Sean Dougall cantered in after just two minutes after good build-up play from Conor Murray, who was forced off with a leg injury in the 16th minute, and Johne Murphy but they had to wait 23 minutes for their second when David Kilcoyne burrowed over from close range. And they added a third before half-time as Keith Earls ran down the right wing unopposed to hand Munster a 22-0 lead.
Come the second 40, Perpignan put up more of a fight and James Hook struck an early penalty for the Catalans. But patience paid off for Munster as they secured the key bonus point score in the 66th minute thanks to a penalty try after relentless pressure on Perpignan's try line, an infringement which saw Kisi Pulu sin-binned.
Munster pushed hard for a fifth try and it came in the 78th minute as James Coughlan was the man left holding the ball after a powerful driving maul. Perpignan had the last say of the match as Joffrey Michel darted down the wing for a consolation score.
Wing Martyn Thomas scored tries in both halves as Gloucester beat Edinburgh 23-12 in their Heineken Cup clash at Murrayfield.
The home side had taken an early lead in the Scottish capital when Greig Tonks danced in to score after six minutes. But the lead lasted just four minutes before Rob Cook levelled for the visitors.
Thomas then touched down twice to give Nigel Davies side an 18-point lead before David Denton scored a converted try to give the scoreline a more respectable look for Edinburgh. The victory moves Gloucester on to eight points in Pool 6, two behind leaders Munster, with Perpignan on six points and Edinburgh on four.
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