Pro14: Munster hammer Cheetahs 38-0 in season opener at Thomond Park

Rory Scannell scores a try for Munster
Munster made a 15th-minute breakthrough when Rory Scannell got over for a try
Guinness Pro14
Munster (12) 38
Tries: Scannell, Kilcoyne, O'Donnell, Hanrahan, O'Callaghan, Sweetnam Cons: Hanrahan 4
Cheetahs (0) 0

Munster began the new Pro14 season with a thumping six try win over Cheetahs at Thomond Park.

Rory Scannell and Dave Kilcoyne scores first half tries before Tommy O'Donnell and JJ Hanrahan secured the bonus point early in the second half.

Ireland international Joey Carbery came on to make his Munster debut before Dave O'Callaghan and Darren Sweetnam added further scores.

Munster travel to Glasgow next Friday.

Following his much-talked about summer move from Leinster, Carbery saw 27 minutes of second half action in which the hosts stretched their considerable lead.

The influential Sweetnam sent Scannell over in the right corner for the opener after carving open the Cheetahs defence.

Kilcoyne sniped over from close range with Hanrahan converting to give Munster a two-score lead at the interval.

In the second period Munster's aggressive defence kept them on the front foot.

O'Donnell added a third before Hanrahan grabbed the bonus point following good work by Carbery, who slotted straight in at fly-half upon his introduction.

There was still time for O'Callaghan and Sweetnam to add an extra gloss to the scoreline with late tries.

Munster: Haley; Sweetnam, Goggin, R. Scannell, Daly; Hanrahan, N. Cronin; Kilcoyne, Sherry, Ryan, Kleyn, Holland, O'Callaghan, O'Donnell, Botha.

Replacements: Marshall, Scott, Archer, O'Shea, Coombes, Hart, Carbery, Arnold.

Cheetahs: Jaer; Maxwane, van Rensburg, Lee, Small-Smith; Schoeman, Venter; Nche, du Toit, De Bruin, Basson, du Preez, Pokomela, Mohoje, Wiese.

Replacements: Dweba, C. Marais, J. Coetzee, Steenkamp, Davis, Meyer, Stapelberg, Eksteen.

Referee: Daniel Jones (Wales)