Pro14: Munster 43-0 Southern Kings - Seven-try hosts go clear at top
|Guinness Pro14: Munster v Southern Kings|
|Munster (12) 43|
|Tries: N. Cronin, Conway, Sweetnam, Holland, Marshall, Kleyn, R. Scannell. Cons: R. Scannell 4.|
|Southern Kings (0) 0|
Munster extended their lead at the top of Pro14 Conference A to seven points thanks to a bonus-point win over the Southern Kings in Cork.
The hosts were 12-0 up at the interval after touch-downs by scrum-half Neil Cronin and wing Andrew Conway.
Turning into a strong wind, Darren Sweetnam and Billy Holland sealed the bonus point by the hour mark.
Replacement Rhys Marshall, man-of-the-match Jean Kleyn and Rory Scannell took the final tally of home tries to seven.
The Kings had three players sin-binned, number eight Ruaan Lerm seeing yellow in the 35th minute and replacements Tertius Kruger and Andisa Ntsila during the final quarter.
Cronin dived over to open his try account for Munster in the 13th minute, centre Scannell converting.
Lerm saw yellow for taking out Cronin at a midfield ruck before Conway was released for his try, scoring from Kleyn's pull-back pass and a lovely floated delivery from Tyler Bleyendaal.
Mike Haley's broken-field running was the highlight of a scrappy start to the second half, which remained scoreless until Conway's grubber kick caught out the visitors near the left touchline.
Replacement Alby Mathewson also got his boot to the ball, nudging it over the try-line before the onrushing Sweetnam grounded it successfully. Scannell drilled the difficult conversion over for 19-0.
The extra point was sealed seven minutes later when Munster number eight Arno Botha carried twice in quick succession before Holland barged over from close range.
Munster, who lead Glasgow at the top of the table, dominated the remainder of the game with hooker Marshall crossing for a converted maul effort before Kruger was binned for a high tackle on Sweetnam and Ntsila followed him for a tip tackle on Conway.
Marshall's throw to the front of a lineout played in Kleyn for his 70th-minute try, and Scannell took advantage of Dan Goggin's challenge on Bader Pretorius to run in a last-minute score.
Munster: Haley; Conway, Farrell, R. Scannell, Sweetnam; Bleyendaal, N. Cronin; Loughman, N. Scannell, Ryan, Kleyn, Holland, Wycherley, Cloete, Botha.
Replacements: Hanrahan for Bleyendaal (66), Mathewson for N. Cronin (49), L. O'Connor for Loughman (50), Marshall for N. Scannell (62), Archer for Ryan (62), O'Shea for Holland (62), Coombes for Botha (68).
Not used: Goggin.
Southern Kings: M. Banda; Penxe, Rokoua, B. Klaasen, Basson; B. Pretorius, Ungerer; Ferreira, Willemse, Terblanche, van Schalkwyk, Astle, de Wit, Burger, Lerm.
Replacements: Beyers for M. Banda (64), S. Pretorius for Ungerer (56), Tshakweni for Ferreira (72), van Rooyen for Willemse (64), Scholtz for Terblanche (52), Greeff for van Schalkwyk (64), Ntsila for de Wit (64).
Not used: Kruger.
Sin bin: Lerm (36), Kruger (69), Ntsila (70).
Ref: Andrea Piardi (Italy).