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Battling Munster hit back for first victory

By Staff Reporter

Munster bounced back from their opening day defeat to Edinburgh in the Guinness Pro12 by coming from behind for a hard-fought 21-10 victory in Treviso.

The home side took a 7-3 lead in the 19th minute courtesy of Simone Ragusi's converted try, but the Irish side seized the initiative through tries either side of the interval from CJ Stander and Simon Zebo while Ian Keatley added 11 points with his boot.

Anthony Foley's men opened their campaign with a shock defeat at home to Edinburgh, but they took an early lead through Keatley's penalty after the Treviso defence had strayed offside.

Yet the northern Italian team, who were looking for an improved performance after a 44-13 mauling by Ospreys last week, hit back when Ragusi crashed over in the corner following good work from Ludovico Nitoglia and Cornelius van Zyl.

Joe Carlisle added the extras but Munster narrowed the deficit to a solitary point soon after following Keatley's second penalty.

The visitors then crossed the whitewash for the first time on the half hour, with Stander going over.

Keatley converted the try, while Zebo furthered Munster's advantage in the 51st minute following a fluid counter down the wing.

Treviso cut the deficit following a Carlisle penalty but Keatley added his third three-pointer to re-establish Munster's 11-point lead and ultimately victory.

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