Pro14: Southern Kings 22-39 Munster
|Southern Kings (15) 22|
|Tries: Ntsila, Greeff, Makase Cons: Banda 2 Pen: Banda|
|Munster (13) 39|
|Tries: N Scannell, Nash, Stander, Goggin, Marshall, Kilcoyne Cons: Keatley 3 Pen: Keatley|
Munster ran in six tries as they took a bonus-point win over Southern Kings at Outeniqua Park to move to within seven points of Conference A leaders Glasgow.
Kings led the Pro14 clash in George 15-13 at half-time but Munster recovered in the second half to seal victory.
Niall Scannell, Calvin Nash, CJ Stander, Dan Goggin, Rhys Marshall and Dave Kilcoyne crossed for Munster.
Andisa Ntsila, Stephan Greeff and Michael Makase were the try-scorers for the bottom-of-Conference A Kings.
For the South African outfit, it was their 18th loss of the season and they trail the Dragons by seven points.
Munster made a steady start with captain Ian Keatley firing through an early penalty but the hosts, buoyant still from their first ever Pro14 win over the Dragons, had a surprise in store.
A clever kick in behind from Berton Klaasen was latched onto by Makase and he offloaded to Ntsila to score.
That sent the home fans crazy but it was nothing in comparison to what was about to come.
With Munster down to 14 due to Gerbrandt Grobler's yellow card, Yaw Penxe darted down the left to exploit space. That stretched Munster and a couple of phases later, Greef crossed in the corner.
Munster regained their composure and hit back just before the break, with winger Nash sprinting through a big hole on the stroke of half-time.
That reduced the gap to two points before the break and gave Munster some momentum, which they capitalised on in the second half.
Keatley jinked past a couple of tackles and was taken down just a metre short, allowing Stander to dive over from close range.
That gave the Irish province a five-point lead and minutes later the bonus-point was confirmed - and in some style.
Nash made a break down the right and fired a pass back inside for Goggin to run in unopposed.
As the game wore on, the Southern Kings became worn down and Munster hit twice more through Marshall and Kilcoyne.
The Kings did not lack spirit though and Makase finished off a flowing move for their third try of the match at the end.
Southern Kings: M Banda; M Makase, J Nel, B Klaasen, Y Penxe; M Du Toit, G Masimla; S Ferreira (capt), S Coetzee, P Scholtz; S Greeff, B De Wee; A Ntsila, M Burger, R Lerm.
Replacements: A Van Rooyen, J Forwood, L Pupuma, L Mtyanda, L Badiyana, R Von Rooyen, N Dukisa, L Vulindlu.
Munster: JJ Hanrahan; C Nash, D Goggin, R Scannell, A Wootton; I Keatley, J Hart; J Cronin, N Scannell, J Ryan; J Kleyn, G Grobler; D O'Callaghan, C Oliver, CJ Stander (capt).
Replacements: R Marshall, D Kilcoyne, B Scott, B Holland, J O'Donoghue, J Stafford, S Fitzgerald, R Copeland.