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Goggin grabs two tries as Munster swat aside London Irish in pre-season friendly

Johann van Graan’s men ran in six second-half tries against the Premiership side.

Dan Goggin crosses for his first try.
Dan Goggin crosses for his first try.
Image: Billy Stickland/INPHO

IT WAS A night for celebrating debuts, but also a couple of returns to red, as Munster ran in seven tries in a 45-5 win over London Irish in Cork.

Ex-Leinster scrum-half Nick McCarthy was among the six men to make their senior debut for the southern province, while James Cronin made his first appearance since November due to injury.

After stints with Pau and Connacht respectively, Paddy Butler and Peter McCabe also featured for their native province.

The 40-point gap was mostly down to a second-half surge after a raft of changes were made by both coaches.

Centre Dan Goggin battled over for the only score of the first half, and Munster didn’t look back as a scorching run from Jack O’Sullivan and Mike Haley put the hosts comfortably ahead before Goggin grabbed a second off Shane Daly’s tip-on of a JJ Hanrahan cross-field kick.

Hanrahan crossed the whitewash himself before the second-half rout was completed by Diarmuid Barron and Liam Coombes.

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