Conor Murray had the first and last word in Munster’s 19-17 comeback victory over Cheetahs in Friday night’s Pro14 clash.
The province were looking to complete their South African double-header with a second win, but two tries conceded in the first half hour put that aim in serious jeopardy.
Murray, however, helped reduced that deficit with half time approaching. The Ireland international entered the field of play while starting scrum half James Hart was forced off to undergo a HIA, and Murray made his presence felt almost immediately by barging through to register Munster’s first try of the game:
— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) April 13, 2018
JJ Hanrahan converted to put Munster within a converted scored of levelling it up, only for Cheetahs to establish a ten-point advantage just before half time.
However, Johann van Graan’s chipped away at that lead in the second half, with Hanrahan nailing three penalties between the posts to narrow that gap to just one point before Murray swung the match in Munster’s favour with an absolutely superb penalty from his own half:
— PRO14 RUGBY (@PRO14Official) April 13, 2018
In the end, Munster held out to win 19-17 to put further daylight between the two sides in the second and third places at the top of the Pro14 Conference A table, with the playoffs fast approaching.