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Opening win for Munster

Wednesday, 5th September, 2018 4:27pm

Munster travel to Glasgow this Friday after making a winning start to the new PRO14 season last weekend. The province easily overcame Toyota Cheetahs at Thomond Park on a scoreline of 38-0 where Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne, JJ Hanrahan, Tommy O'Donnell, and Darren Sweetnam were all among the try-scorers while Hanrahan converted four tries to add to the final tally.

The opening game also marked Joey Carbery's début for the province, having joined from Leinster. The 22 year old received a huge welcome to the pitch when introduced as a substitute and subsequently was instrumental in the all-important bonus-point try. Other team débuts included Arno Botha, Mike Haley and academy players Gavin Coombes and Shane Daly, while Neil Cronin made his first start in the Pro14.

Following the win, Munster now travel to Scotland to face Glasgow Warriors. Hooker Kevin O’Byrne did sustain a calf injury at training last week and is being monitored by the medical staff while Stephen Archer secured 34 minutes of game-time last weekend after making his return from a pec injury sustained against Edinburgh in early May.

Latest signing, All Black scrum-half Alby Mathewson, linked up with the squad in Thomond Park on Saturday after arriving in the province earlier that day.

He is currently getting settled at the province and is awaiting a work permit.

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