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Van Graan full of pride after Munster show resilience to depose Kings

Southern Kings 22 Munster 39

By Duncan Bech

Johann van Graan was delighted after Munster dug deep to emerge from Outeniqua Park in George 39-22 winners over the Southern Kings in the Guinness PRO14 on Saturday.

It was the home side who led 15-13 at the break, courtesy of tries by Andisa Ntsila and Stephen Greef. But the Munster comeback started on the stroke of half-time when Calvin Nash cut through the Kings' defence to cross from a penalty.

Second-half tries by the hometown hero CJ Stander, as well as Dan Goggin, Rhys Marshall and David Kilcoyne, now see Munster head up to Bloemfontein next week six points clear of the Toyota Cheetahs in Conference A.

"I thought it was a very good contest, we were pinned in our half for the first part of the game," said coach Van Graan.

"We managed to get some momentum and a few try-scoring opportunities, but I thought that the Kings defended really well.

"The breakdown was a really tough battle. We went down a man and conceded two tries - it was good composure from our side to get back in the game.

"The turning point was when we got a penalty on the stroke of half-time and decided to go for touch and get a maul going with lots of momentum for the try.

"In the second half we were structurally better. We lifted our tempo with our impact, and we closed out the game well, so I'm very happy with the five points."

There are reports suggesting Stander will not play the game against the Cheetahs.

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