- Munster 'A" lift B&I Cup trophy following win over Cross Keys
- First non-English side to claim silverware
Photo: James Crombie, Inpho Photography
Munster beat Cross Keys to win the British & Irish Cup at the start of what turned out to be a marvellous weekend for Irish provincial rugby.
The success of Munster’s ‘A’ team in becoming the first non-English side to lift the trophy came on the eve of semi-final victories for both Ulster and Leinster in the Heineken Cup.
Munster’s 31-12 win at Musgrave Park on Friday helped erase memories of their defeat to Cornish Pirates in the inaugural final in 2010, and also pointed to the province’s strength in depth given the amount of new talent blooded this season by head coach Ian Costello.
Tries from backs Duncan Williams, Luke O’Dea and Ivan Dineen delighted the majority of the 2,600 strong crowd housed inside the Cork venue, while fly half Scott Deasy contributed 16 points with his trusty boot after kicking four penalties and two conversions.
Wing Kristian Baller, Keys’ two-try hero in the semi-final win over Cornish Pirates, was unable to cross the whitewash in the final, and the Welsh Premiership side had to rely on four first-half penalties from Cardiff Blues-bound playmaker, Jason Tovey, for all their points.
Keys now patch themselves up to go again with Pontypridd next in their sights in the Swalec Cup final on Monday, May 7.