Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Defending champions Munster beat Cardiff Blues 24-13 in the Magners League on Friday night at Thomond Park, but the try of the match came from the losing side.
Scores by Marcus Horan and Denis Leamy and a 14-point kicking contribution from fly-half Jeremy Manning contributed to their first win of this campaign.
There were a fair number of New Zealanders on the pitch, with Doug Howlett and Jeremy Manning for Munster, as well as Xavier Rush and Ben Blair for the Blues.
It was the Blues' Kiwis who were behind the try of the match, as fullback Ben Blair showed pure class as he executed a perfect chip and chase to set up the counter attack just before half time.
Blair regathered his kick for a split second as he flicked the pass to Rees Thomas in one movement, before Thomas found big number eight Rush.
The former All Black turned on the gas as he arched his run around flat-footed scrumhalf Peter Stringer, leaving him for dead as he flew in for a superb try.