Munster lose their unbeaten Pro12 record

Munster lost their unbeaten record in the RaboDirect Pro 12, when they were decisively beaten by Edinburgh in Murrayfield on Friday night. The home side ran out winners by 29 to 14.

Edinburgh got off to the better start and were 3-0 ahead after only three minutes. Greig Laidlow converted a penalty to give the home side the early advantage. The same player doubled the scores with a second penalty after seven minutes and repeated the dose again on fifteen minutes. The hosts then scored the first try of the match through Matthew Scott on twenty minutes to establish a 16-0 lead. Munster’s unbeaten record in the competition looked under serious threat at this point but gradually the visitors got back into the tie.

Ian Keatley got the Irish side off the mark with a penalty on twenty six minutes to make it 16-3. Munster began to take control of the match at this stage and Mafi and Hayes both made breaks that threatened the Edinburgh line. The pressure from the men in red began to tell and Keatley converted two late penalties to leave the score 16-9 at the interval. The league leaders needed to make a good start to the second period but it was the Scottish side that got off to a flyer.

Laidlow increased their lead to 19-9 with a penalty after just four minutes,and then Stephen Lawrie scored the decisive try of the night. A conversion from Laidlow left the scoreline at 26-9. Munster were facing an uphill battle from here to the finish and try as they might, they could never get back into the game. Paddy Barnes scored a late consolation try to leave the score 26-14,but Laidlow had the final say on the evening and his seventy fifth minute penalty left the Scots ahead 29-14.


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