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Last Updated: Friday, 19 November, 2004, 21:18 GMT
Munster 45-8 Borders
CELTIC LEAGUE
Rob Henderson scored on of Munster's tries against Borders
Munster (31) 45
Tries: Payne, Bowman, Keogh, Hogan, Henderson, McPahil
Cons: Burke 6
Pen: Burke
Borders (3) 8
Try: Hore
Pen: Warnock
Munster ran in six tries in chalking up their eighth straight Celtic League win at Musgrave Park on Friday night.

Bottom side Borders had little or no answer to Munster, marshalled superbly by fly-half Paul Burke who landed seven successful kicks.

Shaun Payne, Rob Henderson, second rows Trevor Hogan and Tom Bowman, flanker Stephen Keogh and substitute Martin McPhail scored the Irish side's tries.

Borders stay stranded in last place without a Celtic League victory.

A sharp break by Payne saw Munster 7-0 up after just two minutes.

With Ally Warnock kicking Borders' reply four minutes later, Munster quickly upped the pace, hitting their Scottish visitors for 24 more points before the interval.

Three Burke kicks to the corner saw Munster gain a flurry of line-out chances, and from the last, Australian Bowman ploughed over on 18 minutes.

Centre Jason Holland broke free to put Keogh over three minutes later, and superb handling from the returning Alan Quinlan and captain Jim Williams on 38 minutes saw Hogan touch down close to half-time.

Broke clear

That earned Munster their bonus point and, although they sat back for a time after the restart with Borders' Calum McRae and Drew Moore doing well in attack, they still edged the second half by nine points.

Henderson broke clear on 48 minutes to charge over for his second try in two games, converted again by Burke.

Charlie Hore did get a try for the visitors, hurdling four tacklers in a 40-metre dash to the line nearing the hour mark. But with Warnock's conversion attempt sailing wide, the Borders' fightback petered out.

Borders failed to hold out a sixth Munster effort as McPhail got over again on 69 minutes.

Burke's conversion saw the former Harlequin hit the 80-point mark for the season already.


Munster: Payne, Lawlor, Mullins, Henderson, Devlin, Burke, Reddan, Roche, Blaney, McIlwham, T. Hogan, Bowman, Keogh, Quinlan, Williams. Replacements: M. Storey, Fogarty, T. Hayes, J. O'Connor, Prendergast, Holland, McPhail.

Borders: Morton, Moffat, MacRae, Hore, Steel, Warnock, Moore., Thomson, Ford, McGee, Blair, Stewart, Gray, McEntee, Brown. Replacements: Kay, Cross, Rennick, Newlands., Weston, Millar, King.

Referee: Neil Ballard (WRFU).





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