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