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Aironi 21-17 Munster, RaboDirect PRO12
Aironi shock champions Munster
ESPNscrum Staff
March 11, 2012
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Date/Time: Mar 11, 2012, 15:00 local, 14:00 GMT
Venue: Stadio Luigi Zaffanella, Viadana
Aironi 21 - 17 Munster
Half-time: 15 - 3
Tries: Cattina, Pizarro
Cons: Orquera
Pens: Orquera 3
Tries: Mafi, Penalty
Cons: Keatley 2
Pens: Deasy
Aironi's Tyson Keats displays his man of the match award, Aironi v Munster, RaboDirect PRO12, Stadio Luigi Zaffanella, Italy, March 11, 2012
Tyson Keats shows off his man of the match award
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Teams: Aironi | Ireland | Italy | Munster

Aironi shocked reigning champions Munster 21-17 in Italy on Sunday.

Despite finishing strongly, the Irish heavyweights never recovered from a 15-3 interval deficit. Aironi, bottom of the table, turned league form on its head as they sent second-placed Munster crashing.

It was only the home side's fourth victory of the season, but one they deserved after first-half tries by flanker Nicola Cattina and centre Gabriel Pizarro underpinned a comfortable advantage.

Munster, who were without their sizeable Six Nations contingent, managed only a Scott Deasy penalty in reply as Aironi made the most of their attacking opportunities. Munster eventually stirred in the final quarter, collecting a penalty try and touchdown from centre Lifeimi Mafi, yet it was a case of too little, too late.

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