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Munster 23 vs Nottingham 16 - Match Report

A strong first half performance from Nottingham saw them lead at the break in the British and Irish Cup game at Munster.

Munster Away Report 2014

But the hosts turned things round in the second half, particularly the final quarter, to claim a 23-16 win.

Two early penalties from Johnny Holland had given Munstar A a 6-nil lead, with Will Maisey off target with his first attempt at goal.

From that point on though it was the Green and Whites who dominated the remainder of that first half, with Maisey landing a penalty to set them on their way.

His second levelled the scores on 24 minutes as Nottingham kept the home side under pressure.

And when pack drove from a lineout deep in home territory they drew the defence in to allow centre Ed Styles to break through for the first try of the game to make it 6-11 at the break.

The second half started with the home side suffering disruption as Holland went off with an injury, and then prop Alan Cotter was sin-binned.

The Green and Whites took advantage with a powerful maul to again draw the defence before releasing the ball for Liam O'Neil to run in their second try.

With the conversion missed they still looked good value for a win, leading 6-16, particularly as replacement kicker Rory Scannell missed a couple of chances to close the gap.

But a strong final quarter saw Munster take control of the game, skipper Jack O'Donoghue leading the way with a try following an thrilling break from Johne Murphy from his own 22.

Scannell's conversion cut the deficit to just three points with thirteen minutes remaining.

A powerful drive from a close range lineout looked likely to bring them more success, and so it proved when the referee awarded a penalty try, Scannell making it 20-16 with the conversion and then completing the scoring with a late penalty.