Munster moved back to the top of Conference B in the Guinness PRO14 as they ran in 10 tries against Southern Kings at Irish Independent Park.

Arno Botha scored a hat-trick of tries, Shane Daly scored a pair in the second half with man-of-the-match John Hodnett, making his first start for the province, also crossing.

The Kings did not help their cause by having two players in the sin bin, one in each half, but the South African side had no answer to Munster's pace and power.

The home team had the bonus point wrapped up by the interval with two tries from Botha and one apiece from Calvin Nash and Jack O'Donoghue.

Chris Farrell is tackled by Andell Loubser

Munster opened the scoring after eight minutes with a try from Botha as he surged off the back of a penalty scrum to score under the posts following the sin-binning of Kings full-back Andell Loubser. JJ Hanrahan converted for a seven-point lead.

Kings replied with a Demetri Catrakilis penalty on the quarter-hour mark but Munster were back for a second try after 23 minutes.

A switch move from Dan Goggin under the posts was fed to Mike Haley, who in turn played in Nash for a try.

Hodnett gets to grips with Edmund Ludick

Botha was in for a second after 29 minutes after poor defence from Kings saw the No 8 score under the posts with Hanrahan again converting.

Kings did apply pressure in the 10 minutes before the interval but were not able to convert it to scores.

The home team had the final say of the half with an O'Donoghue try from a clever chip through by Hanrahan.

Hanrahan converted for a fourth time to leave the score at 28-3 at the interval.

Johann Van Graan's side made it five tries after 50 minutes with Hodnett scoring under the posts after he was on the end of a counter-attack started by full-back Haley.

Neil Cronin dives over for Munster's sixth try

Scrum-half Neil Cronin made it six four minutes later after a blindside break by Goggin with Hanrahan converting that and Hodnett's earlier score to leave it 42-3

Shane Daly then made the most of a poor pass in the Kings in-goal area and pounced to score Munster's seventh try with substitute Ben Healy converting.

Goggin made it on to the scoreboard next and Botha wrapped up the scoring with his hat-trick with three minutes remaining.