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Summary

  1. Farrell & Conway (2) cross for Munster inside first 20 minutes
  2. Van der Merwe pulls one back for Edinburgh
  3. Earls scores hat trick as Munster pull clear
  4. Bleyendaal & Van der Merwe trade tries, before Farrell crosses again
  5. Munster field three British and Irish Lions
  6. Edinburgh without 10 Scotland internationals

Live Reporting

By Jamie Lyall

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from tonight

    FT: Munster 44-14 Edinburgh

    A bruising night for Edinburgh then, an eight-try mauling and very, very few positives.

    Some young players got some important game time and learned just what it means to tackle some of the world's best players on their own doorstep.

    Munster go within three points of Glasgow Warriors at the top of Conference A. Dave Rennie's side are in action against Scarlets at Scotstoun tomorrow. Do join us again for that one, and enjoy your Friday night.

  2. 'We were a long way off'

    FT: Munster 44-14 Edinburgh

    Edinburgh captain Luke Hamilton - master of the understatement - bemoans Edinburgh's "far from ideal" first-half display.

    "The main message second-half was doing our bits right and looking after ball better," he told BBC Scotland.

    "We coughed up two line-outs and a turnover and they scored three tries which kind of puts the game out of reach.

    "Second-half, we did a better job but the game was long gone by then. There is plenty to work on. When we get 81% second-half possession, we need to be coming away with points. We can't be coughing up easy ball in the 22 for them to exit.

    "A few positives we can take. Some of the boys on their first game - George Taylor was outstanding - getting good game time which will hold the club in good stead. But tonight we were a long way off."

    Edinburgh players
  3. 'Edinburgh's depth is just not there'

    FT: Munster 44-14 Edinburgh

    Peter Wright

    Former Scotland prop on BBC Radio Scotland

    Quote Message: Edinburgh's strength in depth is just not there. It's a tough ask. Cockerill said, and he's got a reasonable point, that they kicked-off on Sunday at 17:30, they're playing four-and-a-half days later and he can't pick certain players because the turnaround is too tight. They're really big on player welfare then they make this happen on the back of an autumn international period where Edinburgh can't pick their internationals.
  4. How do you beat Munster?

    FT: Munster 44-14 Edinburgh

    Peter Wright

    Former Scotland prop on BBC Radio Scotland

    Quote Message: You take Munster on physically, they win the physical battle. You then try and play a bit deeper, they read that pretty well. Do you then try and put kicks in to hold the defence? That kicks away possession. You've just got to persevere. Edinburgh were playing deep but they weren't getting to the edges, getting around the Munster blitz defence under pressure.
  5. Post update

    FT: Munster 44-14 Edinburgh

    We'll bring you the reaction from Cockerill as soon as we have it...

  6. Munster show their class

    FT: Munster 44-14 Edinburgh

    "Men against boys," says the former Scotland prop Peter Wright.

    The scoreline is pretty grim for Edinburgh, but it is worth reiterating how young their line-up was, and just how much firepower Munster fielded.

    Taking on a side with three British and Irish Lions and a stack of Ireland caps in Cork always threatened to end in a hammering.

    It will sting, for sure, but Richard Cockerill will hope it's a formative experience for youthful forwards such as Jamie Hodgson, Callum Hunter-Hill and Lewis Wynne.

  7. Missed tackles cost Edinburgh

    FT: Munster 44-14 Edinburgh

    Colin Gregor

    Former Scotland Sevens captain on BBC Radio Scotland

    Quote Message: If Edinburgh had made more first up tackles then more questions might have been asked of Munster's attack. As it was they scored all too easily.
  8. Farrell fillets Edinburgh

    FT: Munster 44-14 Edinburgh

    An impressive attacking showing from Chris Farrell, awarded man of the match on his first start in over nine months.

    Two tries.

    Twelve carries for 62m.

    Two clean breaks.

    Five defenders beaten.

    Chris Farrell scores
    Image caption: Chris Farrell scored the first and last of Munster's eight tries
  9. Tough introduction for Edinburgh rookies

    FT: Munster 44-14 Edinburgh

    Peter Wright

    Former Scotland prop on BBC Radio Scotland

    Quote Message: Munster were clinical first-half, won the game by half-time. Edinburgh's performance after the break was a bit better but Munster took their foot off the gas. This will be a learning curve - these are young guys, particularly in the forwards. If you're a forward, the benchmark you're trying to emulate is a team like Munster.
  10. Full-time Munster 44-14 Edinburgh

    A ruthless eight-try victory for Munster, who move within three points of Pro14 Conference A leaders Glasgow Warriors and notch their 14th successive win at home.

    Man of the match Chris Farrell scored the first and last of the Munster tries. Andrew Conway got two more, and Keith Earls ran in three in eight blistering first-half minutes. Replacement Tyler Bleyendaal also crossed.

    If there was a slight irritant for Johann van Graan, it was his side's place-kicking. JJ Hanrahan and latterly Bleyendaal missed eight conversions. Although it was never going to cost them toady, that's 12 points passed up.

    Duhan van der Merwe showed all of his power and brutality to bludgeon his way to an Edinburgh try in either half but although Richard Cockerill's men were much better after the interval, they made a bucket-load of errors and missed so many crucial tackles.

  11. 'Socino swatted like a fly'

    Munster 44-14 Edinburgh

    Colin Gregor

    Former Scotland Sevens captain on BBC Radio Scotland

    Quote Message: It's a simple missed tackle, it's nothing flash from Munster, running hard and running straight. Chris Farrell runs over Juan Pablo Socino as if he wasn't there, like swatting a fly.
  12. Try Munster 44-14 Edinburgh

    Chris Farrell

    What a return to the starting line-up it's been for Chris Farrell. This is his first start since being injured on Ireland duty in February.

    The big centre steamrolled Juan Pablo Socino - not for the first time. He started the scoring and it looks like he's finished it with 90 seconds or so to go.

    Bleyendaal's conversion drops just short.

  13. Chip-and-chase from...Arno Botha

    Munster 39-14 Edinburgh

    Yes, you read that right. Giant Munster number eight dinks a wee chip-kick over the top of the Edinburgh defence, then gets checked as he thunders after it.

    Penalty Munster on the Edinburgh 22. They go for the scrummage, and seek try number eight.

  14. Post update

    Munster 39-14 Edinburgh

    Edinburgh win a penalty just inside their own half as Beirne pushes his luck a wee bit at the breakdown.

    Baggott kicks play down midway between the Munster 10m line and the 22.

    If they could win the second half, it would restore a little pride. They can't win their own line-out, though, and Munster press them back into their own territory again.

  15. 'Edinburgh need to get Van der Merwe on the ball'

    Munster 39-14 Edinburgh

    Colin Gregor

    Former Scotland Sevens captain on BBC Radio Scotland

    Quote Message: Van der Merwe needs to go looking for work and get hands on ball. He's so dangerous when he gets a head of steam up.
  16. Converted try Munster 39-14 Edinburgh

    Duhan van der Merwe

    Second try of the night for big Duhan van der Merwe.

    Luke Hamilton drives towards the whitewash from the Edinburgh line-out. The visitors move it wide and the huge South African batters through two tacklers to score.

    Cracking conversion from Baggott.

  17. Edinburgh press through Baggott

    Munster 39-7 Edinburgh

    Jason Baggott has made a positive impact off the bench on his club debut. He put up a huge, hanging kick-off from the try and then managed to break the Munster line.

    The visitors win a penalty and kick to the corner.

  18. Atkinson makes third Edinburgh outing

    Munster 39-7 Edinburgh

    After the try, lock Callum Atkinson has come on for his third Edinburgh appearance. He replaces Jamie Hodgson.

    Munster have now used all of their substitutes with both props, Dave Kilcoyne and John Ryan, retreating to the bench. Jeremy Loughman and Ciaran Parker are on.

  19. Try Munster 39-7 Edinburgh

    Tyler Bleyendaal

    That was painfully simple. A case of big man v wee man.

    Munster wheel the scrum left, towards the blind side. Tyler Bleyendaal thunders on to the pass and barrels straight through Sean Kennedy to score the first points of the second half.

    The New Zealander can't convert from wide on the left.

  20. And another change

    Munster 34-7 Edinburgh

    Conor Murray is shunted out to the right wing as two-try man Andrew Conway makes way for Duncan Williams. Munster have now used all but two of their substitutes.