Munster ease past Ospreys

Thomond Park. Photo: Brendan Moran.

HOLDERS Munster have set-up a URC tea-time (6pm) semi-final at Thomond Park next Saturday following a comfortable 23-7 defeat of Ospreys at the same venue.

If Graham Rowntree’s side come through here, home advantage is also on the cards for the defending champions the following week (Saturday June 22).

Simon Zebo and Niall Scannell touched down for opening half tries, while flawless Jack Crowley kicked 13 points.

Munster were 17-7 ahead at half-time.

Crowley was chosen as BKT Man of the Match.

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Munster are now unbeaten in 10 fixtures in the competition.

The attendance was just north of 14,000, who endured some misty weather conditions on occasions.

“We’ve got to win, it’s not always glamorous, again, this is knockout rugby,” said Rowntree. “I’m delighted with us there, we got the job done.”

Following a spell sidelined by injury, Diarmuid Barron made a welcome return to action off the bench.

Munster: Simon Zebo; Calvin Nash, Antoine Frisch, Seán O’Brien, Shane Daly; Jack Crowley, Craig Casey; Jeremy Loughman, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; RG Snyman, Tadhg Beirne, captain; Peter O’Mahony, John Hodnett, Gavin Coombes.
Replacements: Diarmuid Barron, John Ryan, Oli Jager, Jack O’Donoghue, Alex Kendellen, Conor Murray, Tony Butler, Mike Haley.