Munster suffers their second consecutive URC defeat in South Africa with a narrow loss to Emirates Lions


Munster suffered their second consecutive defeat in South Africa when they squandered a good lead after a disappointing performance at Ellis Park.

Unster, who secured a bonus point last week against the Bulls 26 points behind, lost his way this time after the restart and conceded his fourth loss of the season.

Munster led 21-10 at the break after Wycherley brothers Josh and Fineen attempted to cross, while Johann van Graan’s men started strong and finished the half.

Munster sped to a 14-0 in as many minutes as they went ahead in the first quarter, and tighthead John Ryan put them on the mark after nine minutes after good work from flanker John Hodnett and centers Damian de Allende and Chris Farrell.

Josh Wycherley started a great day for the Bantry family when he scored after Calvin Nash’s superb presentation of the ball in the tackle down the line, with Jack Crowley, who came up short with a 53-metre penalty after four minutes, taking his second hit-scored conversion.

The Lions, seeking their third win of the season but struggling in the lane, got back in the game when winger Edwill van der Merwe scored through tackles from Nash and Ryan, with Jordan Henrikse adding the conversion from the left and then cutting the deficit to 14-10 after 36 minutes with a penalty off the post after captain Jack O’Donoghue was pinged for interference.

But Munster finished the half well and after O’Donoghue exchanged passes with Josh Wycherley, scrum half Neil Cronin took over and Fineen Wycherley did the rest, with Crowley leading 21-10 at the break.

Alex Kendellen came by for his second straight game to score but was called back for a forward pass by Cronin to Niall Scannell ten minutes into the restart.

Hendrikse reduced the lead after 65 minutes after Munster lost their first scrum put-in of the season and conceded a penalty, and that result lifted the Lions, with Wandisile Simelane hitting the center right when he four minutes out on Mike Haley on the outside later defeated.

Hendrikse converted and then put them ahead for the first time of the game with seven minutes remaining, when Jean Kleyn was caught offside and Munster lost a home-team formation in the closing stages, they lost their second loss of the tour.

Goalscorers: Emirates Lions – Experiments: E van der Merwe, W Simelane. Cons: J Hendrikse (2). Pens: Hendrikse (3). Munster – Trials: J Ryan, J Wycherley, F Wycherley. Cons: J Crowley (3).

Emirates Lions: Q Horn (T Swanepoel 47); S. Pienaar (M. Rass 8), W. Simelane, B. Odendaal, E. van der Merwe; J. Hendrikse, M. van den Berg; S Sithole (JP Smith 51), J Visagie (PJ Botha 51), C Sadie (R Dreyer 51); R Schoeman (R Venter 57), R Nothnagel; S Sangweni (E Tshituka 30), V Tshituka, F Horn.

Muenster: M Haley; Nash C, Farrell C, de Allende D, Daly S (B Healy 64); J Crowley (L Coombes 69), N Cronin (P Patterson 64); J Wycherley (M Donnelly 68), N Scannell (S Buckley 56), J Ryan (K Knox 58); J Kleyn (E O’Connor 28-34), F Wycherley; J O’Donoghue, J Hodnett ()’Connor 65), A Kendellen (C Cloete 65).

Referee: Adam Jones (Wales). Munster suffers their second consecutive URC defeat in South Africa with a narrow loss to Emirates Lions

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