The top 2 in Conference B last season were Edinburgh and Munster, and it is likely to be those two again competing for a home semi-final. CJ Standers late try with Ben Healy once again landing a late kick meant Munster are 100% from their first two games.
Two penalties inside the first 5 minutes from Healy gave Munster the lead. But Mark Bennett’s try, converted by van der Walt put the away side in front. Healy kicked another penalty to swing the lead back in Munster’s favor.
Jack O’Donoghue thought he had scored but his try was rulled by the TMO. Edinburgh took advantage through prop WP Nel. Healy kept Munster in the game with another penalty. At halftime Edinburgh led 12-14.
Van der Walt and healy exchanged penalties before the former was shown yellow just before the hour mark. Healy kicked the resulting penalty. Bennett kicked a penalty during the sin binning before van der Walt returned to extend the lead to 23-18. With three minutes to go Stander found his way over the line with Healy adding the conversion.
Munster 25-23 Edinburgh
A second big win in a row for Munster makes them early season favorites to top conference B.
Last week Connacht showed amazing spirit in beating Glasgow. They fought valiantly and wouldn’t lie down as they came back against the Scottish side to get a win. That effort looked to set them up for a big few months.
When it came to Saturday against Connacht, they never really got going. Losing Finlay Bealham and Dave Heffernan, and constantly being beaten back set them up for a 22-point loss against Cardiff.
Cardiff went in 10-0 up with Amos touching down and Evans converting. Evans also kicked a penalty. Connacht were unable to break down Cardiff and looked tired.
There were some chances for the Irish side in the second half. They went to the lineout over and over turning down kickable penalties. Eventually they got over through Oliver, with Carty adding a simple conversion.
Despite having prop Dillon Lewis yellow carded, Cardiff turned things around as Amos got his 2nd try in the corner. A penalty try and another touch down from Dacey gave Cardiff the bonus point win.
Cardiff Blues 29-7 Connacht
If last week was an on-day for Connacht, this was an off-day. They struggles to get going, and a week off may do them good.