Anthony Foley's after-match interview...........http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLmLXVG0mOs&feature=related
Llanelli shocked last season's British and Irish Cup finalists as they opened their 2010/11 British and Irish Cup campaign In determined mood at Waterford.
Refereed by Scotland's Dave Walker,who was penalising both sides consistently at the breakdown which resulted in three yellow cards for Aaron Shingler from Llanelli and Munster's Peter Mahoney and captain Dave Foley.
Llanelli's Steven Shingler and Munster's Declan Cusack traded penalties, then with Aaron Shingler in the bin ,Munster capitalised after good approach by their forwards, hooker Sean Henry went over the Llanelli line, and Cusack converting.
Munster and Llanelli both suffeed setbacks in the half when winger Danny Barnes(elbow)and full back Dan Newton(cut head) suffered injuries which saw them leave the field. Llanelli should have been awarded a penalty try just before halftime,but referee Walker disagreed to the delight of the home crowd.
Cusack added one more penalty for Munster but with Llanelli enjoying the lion's share of possession and Shingler's penalties keeping the score board ticking over, this was enough to gave his side a fine victory. In the closing minutes, Munster did have a chance to win the game but a late Conor Murray penalty went wide as Llanelli deservedly won this tough B & I Cup match.
MUNSTER -- S Scanlon; D Barnes (R O'Mahony), I Dineen, T Smith, S Zebo; D Cusack (S Archer), C Murray; D Ryan, S Henry (M Sherry), D Hurley (S Archer); D Foley, I Nagle (D O'Callaghan); B Holland, T O'Donnell (P Butler), P O'Mahony.
LLANELLI -- D Newton (L Williams); J Lewis, N Reynolds, C Keenan, A James; S Shingler, G Davies (A Davies); M Monaghan (S Gardner), R Lawrence (C Hawkins); A Hopkins; A Powell, A Shingler; M Gilbert (D Eager), N Cudd, B Morgan.
REF -- D Walker (SRFU).
Munster A 13 - 15 Llanelli RFC.
|Llanelli earn stunning win in Munster|
|18 October 2010, 1:01 pm|
|Llanelli claimed a rare win on Munster soil to get their British & Irish Cup campaign off to the best possible start at the weekend.|
|Steven Shingler's five penalties earned Llanelli a 15-13 win in Waterford to blow Pool B of the cross-border competition wide open.
Llanelli went in 10-3 down at the break after a Munster try for Sean Henry and conversion and penalty for Declan Cusack to just one Shingler penalty, but the visitors fronted up to a tough physical battle and eventually came out on top, with Shingler's boot on target all evening.
Both sides were down to 14 men at the end of the first half with Aaron Shingler then Peter O'Mahony going to the bin.
Munster missed a penalty in the dying moments but Llanelli's efforts throughout the 80 minutes meant they deserved a stunning victory.
"This win is up there with the best moments I've ever experienced, including at the very top level of European rugby," said Llanelli's head of rugby Anthony Buchanan.
"To come here and beat a very experienced Munster A side is hugely pleasing, especially given that we had to dominate a forwards battle in order to come away with the spoils.
"The victory speaks volumes for the collective attitude and team spirit and I would hope we can take a lot from this and progress further.
"No8 Ben Morgan was once again outstanding, and fellow back row Nic Cudd certainly stepped up to the plate. However, the rest of the team were also impressive. We lost a few players to injury but to a man, the players showed commitment and courage."