O'Driscoll seals Leinster victory

13th Apr 2013, 21:06

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Match-winner: Brian O'Driscoll

Match-winner: Brian O'Driscoll

A late try by Brian O'Driscoll settled the all-Irish derby in the RaboDirect Pro12 as Leinster defeated Munster 22-16.

A late try by Brian O'Driscoll settled the all-Irish derby in the RaboDirect Pro12 as Leinster defeated Munster 22-16.

In an entertaining opened period fly-half Ian Madigan kicked the visitors into a 12-10 half-time lead, while Ian Keatley and Felix Jones responded with touchdowns for the hosts.

Keatley added two penalties after the break but another Madigan three-pointer and O'Driscoll's score sealed the win and moved Leinster up to second in the league.

The Dublin-based outfit had gone on a seven-match winning run before their 22-18 defeat to Ulster two weeks ago. Although their arch rivals were effectively out of the race to qualify for the top-four, they had the chance to dent Leinster's chances of securing a home semi-final.

But it was the visitors who started the faster and looked to have opened the scoring after four minutes when Rob Kearney crossed the whitewash.

However, referee Nigel Owens referred it to the TMO and he ruled that the full-back failed to ground the ball. They weren't to be denied for long as, from the resulting scrum, Munster infringed and Madigan kicked them ahead.

Two further penalties from the stand-off took them 9-0 ahead before the hosts finally got on the scoreboard through a Keatley try.

Jones then went over as Rob Penney's men took the lead for the first time, although Leinster led at the break via Madigan's fourth penalty.

The home side opened the second half strongly, though, and successive Keatley three-pointers took the score to 16-12 in the Limerick side's favour.

Joe Schmidt's team responded immediately through the boot of their pivot before O'Driscoll was once again the hero.

The scorers:

For Munster:
Tries: Keatley, Jones
Pens: Keatley 2

For Leinster:
Try: O'Driscoll
Con: Madigan
Pens: Madigan 5

Munster: 15 Felix Jones, 14 Denis Hurley, 13 Casey Laulala, 12 James Downey, 11 Simon Zebo, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Conor Murray, 8 James Coughlan, 7 Tommy O'Donnell, 6 Peter O'Mahony, 5 Paul O'Connell, 4 Donncha O'Callaghan, 3 Stephen Archer, 2 Damien Varley, 1 David Kilcoyne.
Replacements: 16 Mike Sherry, 17 James Cronin, 18 BJ Botha, 19 Billy Holland, 20 Dave O'Callaghan, 21 Cathal Sheridan, 22 JJ Hanrahan, 22 Ivan Dineen.

Leinster: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Dave Kearney, 13 Brian O'Driscoll, 12 Gordon D'Arcy, 11 Isa Nacewa, 10 Ian Madigan, 9 Isaac Boss, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Shane Jennings, 6 Sean O'Brien, 5 Quinn Roux, 4 Leo Cullen (c), 3 Mike Ross, 2 Sean Cronin, 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 Richardt Strauss, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Michael Bent, 19 Devin Toner, 20 Kevin McLaughlin, 21 John Cooney, 22 Andrew Goodman, 23 Andrew Conway.

Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU)