RaboDirect Pro12: Edinburgh 18-23 Munster

By Andy CampbellBBC Sport Scotland
Edinburgh v Munster

Munster opened their RaboDirect Pro12 campaign with victory against Edinburgh despite a hat-trick from home winger Tim Visser at Murrayfield.

Visser ran in two trademark tries but Ian Keatley added a converted try to his penalty to level before half-time.

Fly-halves Keatley and Greig Laidlaw exchanged penalties before Munster's Luke O'Dea went over and Keatley converted and added a penalty.

Visser scored his third unconverted try but Munster had done enough.

Having finished second bottom of the league last season, Edinburgh were keen to make a positive start.

And last season's top Pro12 try scorer Visser made a familiar run on to Greig Tonks's offload to touch down in the corner in the 13th minute.

Edinburgh wing Tim Visser
Visser picked up where he left off last season

Laidlaw missed the conversion attempt but Keatley was also unsuccessful with his first kick for Munster moments later.

However, Keatley's second penalty was good and Munster sensed an opportunity to go in front with a forceful charge on their right.

But Edinburgh had other ideas and the turnover led to Richie Rees's pass out left to Visser, who burst away from halfway to once again go over in the corner.

Laidlaw's conversion attempt was again off target and Munster took advantage.

Doug Howlett's chip through bounced kindly for the visitors as Laidlaw chased back, and Keatley retrieved for a simple score before adding the extras.

Keatley kicked Munster ahead for the first time shortly after the restart but Laidlaw responded with his first successful kick of the evening.

A line-out on the Munster left led to the visitors' second try as James Downey's subtle offload released O'Dea to race through and cross under the posts, giving Keatley a simple conversion.

A ruck infringement gave Keatley another straightforward penalty and Edinburgh were left to chase a 10-point deficit in the closing stages.

Visser's score off Nick De Luca's pass gave the home side hope but Laidlaw missed another conversion and Edinburgh were unable to get the try that would have prevented a Munster win.

Michael Bradley's side instead have to make do with a bonus point.

Edinburgh: Tonks, Jones, De Luca, Atiga, T. Visser, Laidlaw, Rees, McInally, Rennie, Denton, Cox, Gilchrist, Nel, Ford, Yapp.

Replacements: Houston for Atiga (65), Jacobsen for T. Visser (51), Leck for Rees (61), Basilaia for McInally (61), Parker for Gilchrist (68), Cross for Nel (51), Titterrell for Ford (61). Not Used: Hunter.

Munster: D. Foley, Howlett, Laulala, Downey, O'Dea, Keatley, Williams, du Preez, Varley, Botha, D. O'Callaghan, Holland, Butler, Dougall, Coughlan.

Replacements: Dineen for Laulala (65), Stringer for Williams (73), Kilcoyne for du Preez (56), Sherry for Varley (51), D. Foley for Butler (65), O'Mahony for Dougall (72). Not Used: Archer, Deasy.

Att: 4,050

Ref: Leighton Hodges (RFU)

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