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Last Updated: Saturday, 15 April 2006, 20:56 GMT 21:56 UK
Munster 36-15 Edinburgh
CELTIC LEAGUE
Paul O'Connell of Munster is tackled by Edinburgh's Hugo Southwell
Munster (22) 36
Tries: Pucciariello, Payne, Flannery, Dowling, Penalty, Kelly
Cons: Burke 3
Edinburgh (7) 15
Tries: Murray, Duley
Con: Hodge
Pen: Hodge
Heineken Cup semi-finalists Munster got back to winning ways in the Celtic League with a six-try success over Edinburgh at Thomond Park.

Federico Pucciariello, Shaun Payne, Jerry Flannery and Ian Dowling did the damage with tries in the first half.

Then John Kelly's touchdown and a penalty try confirmed Munster's fifth successive win against Edinburgh.

Edinburgh captain Scott Murray scored a 16th-minute try with replacement Dave Duley getting over for a late second.

It was typically punchy start from Munster with Italian prop Pucciariello powering over for a fourth-minute try.

Some great interplay between Alastair Kellock and Alasdair Dickinson put Murray romping through for a quick reply and Duncan Hodge converted for the lead.

But Munster responded by adding three tries before the break to go 22-7 in front.

Payne cut through the tackle of prop Craig Smith for the first.

Then hooker Flannery was on the end of a line-out maul for another try and Dowling got Munster's bonus point try when he took a bouncing ball on his left flank and evaded the tackle of Peter Jorgensen.

Five minutes into the second half, Hodge gave the Gunners hope with a 35-metre penalty.

However, a 66th-minute penalty try and a fine score, two minutes later, from centre Kelly saw Declan Kidney's men coast clear to go third in the table, setting up an Irish 1-2-3.


Munster: Payne, Horgan, Kelly, Halstead, Dowling, Burke, Stringer, Pucciariello, Flannery, Hayes, O'Callaghan, O'Connell, O'Driscoll, Wallace, Foley.
Replacements: Roche, Fogarty, Hogan, O'Sullivan, Prendergast, Lawlor, Henderson.

Edinburgh: Southwell, Leonelli Morey, Di Rollo, Jorgensen, Webster, Hodge, Blair, Dickinson, Kelly, Smith, Kellock, Murray, Hogg, Strokosch, Taylor.
Replacements: Jacobsen, Hewett, Duley, MacDonald, Lawson, Godman, De Luca.

Referee: Hugh Watkins (Wales)


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