Arno Botha scored a hat-trick as Munster recorded their biggest Pro14 win with a 68-3 hammering of the Kings in Cork on Friday.
The Kings weren’t helped by the fact that they received two yellow cards – Andell Loubser in the seventh minute and Lusanda Badiyana in the 71st – but even with 15 men, they had no answer to Munster’s pace and power.
The Irish province crossed for a team-record 10 tries, with Botha – who played two Tests for the Springboks in 2013 – touching down twice in the first half either side of a Calvin Nash score.
Jack O’Donoghue dotted down before half-time and John Hodnett registered a debut try shortly after the restart, while Neil Cronin, Shane Daly and Dan Goggin all went over.
Botha had his hat-trick with five minutes remaining and Daly scored a second as Munster moved top of Conference B.
Now this is special from @Munsterrugby 👏
The run from Haley, the offload from Cronin and Hodnett’s power proves too much for @SouthernKingsSA 🤯
— PRO14 RUGBY (@PRO14Official) February 14, 2020
In Friday’s other Pro14 match, the Glasgow Warriors battered Zebre 56-24 in a high-scoring affair at Scotstoun.
George Horne and Mesu Dolokoto each scored twice as the Warriors ran in seven tries.
Munster – Tries: Arno Botha (3), Shane Daly (2), Calvin Nash, John O’Donohue, John Hodnett, Neil Cronin, Dan Goggin. Conversions: JJ Hanrahan (6), Ben Healy (3).
Kings – Penalty: Demetri Catrakilis.
Munster – 15 Mike Haley, 14 Calvin Nash, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Dan Goggin, 11 Shane Daly, 10 JJ Hanrahan, 9 Neil Cronin, 8 Arno Botha, 7 John Hodnett, 6 Jack O’Donoghue, 5 Billy Holland (c), 4 Fineen Wycherley, 3 John Ryan, 2 Niall Scannell, 1 James Cronin.
Subs: 16 Kevin O’Byrne, 17 Jeremy Loughman, 18 Keynan Knox, 19 Gavin Coombes, 20 Chris Cloete, 21 Nick McCarthy, 22 Ben Healy, 23 Rory Scannell.
Subs: 16 Alandre van Rooyen, 17 Xandre Vos, 18 Ignatius Prinsloo, 19 Aston Fortuin, 20 Thembelani Bholi, 21 Luyolo Dapula, 22 Josh Allderman, 23 Courtney Winnaar.