Munster prove too strong for Barbarians

Munster’s Thomond Park.

THOSE among the 10,500 attendance at Thomond Park received superb admittance value as Munster and the Barbarians served-up a lively pre-season friendly on Saturday.

Following a 13-try encounter, Graham Rowntree’s side came through 52-35. 

Diarmuid Barron, Joey Carbery, debuting Brian Gleeson of Garryowen (2), Young Munster’s Shay McCarthy (his first for the club), Josh Wycherley, Fineen Wycherley, and Neil Cronin were the Munster try-scorers, with Carbery kicking six conversions.

The fixture was a first competitive outing with the province for 25-year-old Jack Daly.

Munster: Shane Daly; Shay McCarthy (Fionn Gibbons, 50), Antoine Frisch, Rory Scannell, Calvin Nash (Ethan Coughlan, 69); Joey Carbery (Tony Butler, 59), Ethan Coughlan (Neil Cronin, 50); Josh Wycherley (Mark Donnelly, 57-69), Diarmuid Barron (Niall Scannell, 55), Stephen Archer (John Ryan, 50); Edwin Edogbo (Tom Ahern, 31-40 & 55), Fineen Wycherley (Evan O’Connell, 65); Jack O’Donoghue (captain), Jack Daly, Brian Gleeson.

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In the curtain-raiser women’s fixture, Munster lost out 12-45 to the Barbarians. 

Munster’s Stephanie Nunan crossed for an opening-half try, converted by Kate Flannery, to have the teams tied at an early stage. 

The visitors were 26-7 ahead at the interval, with the home side claiming a second try later through Chloe Pearse. 

After a stellar career, it marked the final outing for Fiona Reidy (UL Bohemian).