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United Rugby Championship: Cardiff Rugby 20-13 Munster – Hosts win after Liam Williams blow

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Cardiff (12) 20
Tries: Llewellyn, Dacey, Summerhill With: Evans Pen: Evans
Munster (6) 13
Attempt: O’Sullivan With: Crowley Pens: Healy 2

Cardiff overcame the early damage departure of latest signing Liam Williams to beat Munster of their opening match of the United Rugby Championship.

The Wales full-back was compelled off after 20 minutes of his debut when he landed closely on his left shoulder.

Tries from Max Llewellyn and Kristian Dacey put the hosts 12-6 up however Jack O’Sullivan’s attempt nudged Munster forward.

Jarrod Evans’ penalty regained the lead for the hosts, earlier than Aled Summerhill’s late attempt sealed a deserved victory.

A sunlit afternoon within the Welsh capital started with an impeccably noticed silence for Queen Elizabeth II and a stirring spherical of applause for Eddie Butler, the previous Wales captain and legendary BBC broadcaster who handed away this week.

The hosts began brightly and had a attempt on the board inside three minutes.

Sturdy carries from captain Josh Turnbull and excellent new recruit Taulupe Faletau created area for Llewellyn. The younger heart initially gave the impression to be held however used his power di lui to barrel via the Munster protection and over.

Jarrod Evans was off course with the conversion try and Healy made it 5-3 together with his first penalty after a robust carry from captain Jack O’Donoghue.

Cardiff continued to get pleasure from nearly all of territory and possession however twice refused photographs at purpose in favor of going for the nook. On each events their ambition went unrewarded as Munster received a turnover near their line, earlier than a botched line-out undid the second alternative.

The guests began to construct some momentum themselves and after wing Liam Coombes was held up simply wanting the road, Healy nudged Munster in entrance together with his second penalty.

However Cardiff regained the lead earlier than half-time with their second attempt following a well-worked line-out transfer.

Taulupe Faletau (proper) was named participant of the match after an impressive debut

Llewellyn charged via a niche onto a brief go after which fed the supporting Dacey to plunge over, Evans including the extras for a 12-6 interval benefit.

Faletau, again in Wales after his summer time transfer from Tub, confirmed his enduring class with some gorgeous particular person moments – first some nifty footwork and an athletic offload, then one other go off the ground earlier than a grubber-kick had Munster back-pedaling once more.

Moments later, the Wales and British and Irish Lions quantity eight launched a clearing kick from near the precise touchline that the alert Thomas Younger sprinted onto, just for a try-saving deal with from Munster full-back Shane Daly to disclaim Cardiff one other attempt.

A ahead go with seven minutes left, after a glowing break from Josh Adams, was Faletau’s first and solely mistake of an excellent debut.

However Cardiff couldn’t shake off the stubborn guests.

Simply after the hour Munster received a penalty on midway and kicked to the nook. A sequence of close-range drives from the line-out ended with quantity eight O’Sullivan plunging over, substitute fly-half Jack Crowley changing to place Munster 13-12 forward.

Cardiff rallied and regained the lead with a easy Evans penalty from in entrance of the posts.

The frayed nerves of the Arms Park crowd had been finally calmed when substitute heart Willis Halaholo confirmed some deft footwork on the precise flank to ship Summerhill – a late substitute for Owen Lane, who turned his ankle within the warm-up – racing over.

Evans missed the conversion to make sure the strain lasted for an additional minute however Cardiff held on to rejoice their first victory over the Irish province for 4 years.

Cardiff director of rugby Dai Younger instructed Scrum V:

“You’ll be able to by no means low cost Munster. Proper as much as the previous few minutes lots of people would have put cash on them to return again.

“I am actually happy. We performed some great things and we matched their physicality as a result of we needed to.

“We in all probability simply wanted to be a bit extra medical as a result of we had alternatives to make it extra snug, and we had been fairly near scoring just a few extra factors.

“However it’s by no means simple to get a win in opposition to Munster. It was actually not an ideal efficiency however a great way to begin. We all know there are many issues to enhance on and we aren’t going to get forward of ourselves, as a result of now we have to be higher once more subsequent week. ”

Cardiff captain Josh Turnbull instructed Scrum V:

“It is large to get that win. The large message is be constant and if we will try this, we have to again it up subsequent week.

“I did not suppose at any level we had been going to lose the sport. Jarrod might have kicked the factors on the finish after that final attempt to make it simpler, however we love dwelling on the sting.

“Full credit score to the boys, they actually dug deep and we obtained the W (win) ultimately.”

Cardiff: Liam Williams; Aled Summerhill, Rey Lee-Lo, Max Llewellyn, Josh Adams; Jarrod Evans, Tomos Williams; Rhys Carré, Kristian Dacey, Dillon Lewis, Josh Turnbull (capt.), Seb Davies, James Botham, Thomas Younger, Taulupe Faletau

Replacements: Liam Belcher, Rhys Barratt, Dmitri Arhip, Matthew Screech, Lopeti Timani, Lloyd Williams, Rhys Priestland, Uilisi Halaholo

Munster: Shane Daly; Calvin Nash, Chris Farrell, Malakai Fekitoa, Liam Coombes; Ben Healy, Paddy Patterson; Josh Wycherley, Niall Scannell, Keynan Knox; Jean Kleyn, Fineen Wycherley; Jack O’Donoghue (C), Alex Kendellen, Jack O’Sullivan.

Replacements: Diarmuid Barron, Dave Kilcoyne, Roman Salanoa, Tom Ahern, John Hodnett, Neil Cronin, Jack Crowley, Antoine Frisch.

Referee: Mike Adamson (SRU)

Assistant referees: Ben Breakspear & Mike English (WRU)

TMO: Sam Grove-White (SRU)

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