Hat-trick for former Bok as Munster maul Kings

2020-02-15T12:39:29+02:00February 14th, 2020|

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.

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.