Fly-half Joey Carbery was in scintillating form as he amassed 18 points to help Heineken Champions Cup Pool B contenders Munster Rugby defeat Pool A’s Edinburgh Rugby 38-17 in the United Rugby Championship on Friday.
Carbery, who has tallied 128 points in 20 HCC matches in his career, converted five tries, including one of his own, and kicked a penalty at the DAM Health Stadium.
Edinburgh, who have a date with Saracens in the first round of the Heineken Champions Cup next Sunday, opened the scoring with a third minute try through Chris Dean, crossing after a delicious offload from Luke Crosbie. Darcy Graham added a second try on the quarter hour mark, racing in from 50m out.
Munster, who welcome five-time European winners Stade Toulousain to Thomond Park next Sunday, responded with a try from Craig Casey before Edinburgh added a third try through Jamie Ritchie.
Munster closed the gap to 17-14 at the break with a Rory Scannell try.
The Irish province then took command after the interval, Calvin Nash, Gavin Coombes and Carbery all going over in an emphatic second half for the visitors.
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Elsewhere, Cell S Sharks of Pool A were in action as they defeated Ospreys 25-10 at Hollywoodbets Kings Park.
A trio of second half tries – including two in the final five minutes of the contest – from Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Curwin Bosch and Francois Venter closed out victory for the South African outfit.
Sharks welcome Gallagher Premiership side Harlequins in their opening HCC contest next Sunday, with Quins coming into the game on the back of a 19-13 win over Bath Rugby.
Alex Dombrandt got Harlequins on the scoreboard early after taking in a delightful offload from Danny Care – Dombrandt breaking two tackles before crossing.
Following a Bath Rugby penalty from Orlando Bailey, Quins notched their second try of the contest through centre Oscar Beard – the visitors led 12-3 at the break.
Bath responded with a try of their own early in the second period but Nick David added Quins’ third try soon after to secure the win.