Munster (17) 31
Tries: F Sheahan (2), penalty, Mullins, Payne
Cons: O'Gara 3
Blues (3) 10
Try: J Robinson
Munster scored their third Celtic League win in four games as they put away the Blues at a sodden Musgrave Park.
Frankie Sheahan scored two of his side's four tries as the home team were
bolstered by the return of nine Irish internationals.
The home side opted out of several early sightings of the Blues posts and
instead to chose to pummel the touchline through returning out-half Ronan
After 11 minutes the Welsh line was crossed as Munster's third line-out in
quick succession saw Donnacha O'Callaghan grasp possession and hooker Sheahan
rumble over from close range.
O'Gara went left with the conversion and Munster turned the screw, with the
visiting scrum under pressure and offering up penalty after penalty.
Blues wing Tom Shanklin and Munster prop Marcus Horan were both sin-binned
for separate infringements by Scottish official Iain Ramage before the half
South African wing Shaun Payne deservedly crossed for Munster's second try
after 34 minutes, when a pick and drive by David Wallace saw O'Gara transfer
wide and centre Jason Holland loop a one-handed pass cleverly for Payne to touch down.
Iestyn Harris had nothing to celebrate on Friday evening
Centre Mike Mullins followed up his own chip to score his fifth try of
the competition three minutes later and O'Gara kicked
the home side into a 17-0 lead.
Blues out-half Iestyn Harris cut the deficit
with a penalty on the stroke of half-time.
The visitors plodded on with Harris, Heino Senekal and Canadian Dan Baugh always
However the home side held too much in reserve with Sheahan notching his
second try of the night after 54 minutes, once more on the end of a powerful
maul from 10 metres out.
A penalty try 10 minutes later, awarded as the Blues sought to bring down a
rampant Munster drive close to their line, put four converted tries between the
sides, with O'Gara kicking the extra points.
Blues centre Jamie Robinson got a consolation score six minutes from time
but a late rally could not prevent a fifth loss from five away trips this season
for David Young's side.
Munster: Jeremy Staunton; Mossie Lawlor, Mike Mullins, Jason Holland, Shaun Payne; Ronan O'Gara, Peter Stringer; Marcus Horan, Frankie Sheahan, John Hayes, Donnacha O'Callaghan, Paul O'Connell, Jim Williams (capt), David Wallace, Anthony Foley.
Replacements: Simon Kerr, Jerry Flanery, Trevor Hogan, Colm McMahon, Eoin Reddan, Rob Henderson, Martin McPhail.
Blues: Rhys Williams; Tom Shanklin, Jamie Robinson, Matt Allen, Craig Morgan; Iestyn Harris, Ryan Powell; John Yapp, Gareth Williams, Darren Crompton, Heino Senekal, Andy Moore, Dan Baugh, Nathan Thomas, Martyn Williams (capt).
Replacements: Ben Evans, Andrew Lewis, Craig Quinnell, Jim Brownrigg, Andrew Moore, Nick Robinson, Donavan van Vuuren.
Referee: I Ramage (Scotland)