Planet Rugby

Munster edge past Leinster

05th October 2013 20:35

Share:

Keith Earls

Lone try-scorer: Keith Earls

Munster picked up a good confidence booster ahead of their Heineken Cup campaign after they edged out rivals Leinster 19-15 at Thomond Park.

Ian Keatley scored 14 points as Munster overcame their arch-rivals for their fourth victory of the season.

Although the Limerick outfit controlled most of the opening period, they only went into the interval 10-9 ahead through Keith Earls' converted try and Keatley's penalty, while three-pointers from Ian Madigan and Fergus McFadden was the visitors' response.

Despite Madigan adding two more penalties in the second half, Keatley was successful three times from the tee to seal the win.

Both of these sides have started the season in reasonable fashion. After last year's failure to reach the Pro12 play-offs, the hosts needed a good start to the season and three wins out of the first four games signalled a solid return.

But in a tight first half, they found themselves 3-0 down early on as Madigan kicked a penalty. Munster showed plenty of endeavour and creativity in the following 20 minutes but last-ditch Leinster defence prevented them from finding that elusive score.

In fact, it was the visitors that were next to get on the board through their fly-half before Keatley reduced the arrears on the half-hour.

The pressure from the home side then resulted in Madigan being shown the yellow card and it was to prove costly as Earls soon crossed for the first try of the game.

However, Matt O'Connor's men managed to keep hold of the ball and build some phases which saw the Limerick-based outfit infringe. McFadden, taking over the kicking duties with their pivot off the field, converted the resultant opportunity to keep the game in the balance at the break.

But Munster continued in the same fashion after the interval as Keatley's penalty increased the advantage to 13-9.

Although successive Madigan three-pointers took Leinster ahead, the hosts refused to relent and the former Connacht fly-half duly regained their advantage.

And bragging rights over their Irish rivals was secured by man of the match Keatley who added his fifth from the tee.

The scorers:

For Munster:
Try: Earls
Con: Keatley
Pen: Keatley 4

For Leinster:
Pen: Madigan 4, McFadden

Munster: 15 Felix Jones, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Casey Laulala, 12 James Downey, 11 Simon Zebo, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Duncan Williams, 8 James Coughlan, 7 Niall Ronan, 6 Peter O'Mahony (c), 5 Paul O'Connell, 4 Donnacha Ryan, 3 Stephen Archer, 2 Mike Sherry, 1 Dave Kilycoyne.
Replacements: 16 Damien Varley, 17 James Cronin, 18 BJ Botha, 19 Donncha O'Callaghan, 20 CJ Stander, 21 Conor Murray, 22 JJ Hanrahan, 23 Denis Hurley.

Leinster: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Fergus McFadden, 13 Lote Tuqiri, 12 Gordon D'Arcy, 11 Dave Kearney, 10 Ian Madigan, 9 Eoin Reddan, 8 Jamie Heaslip (c), 7 Sean O'Brien, 6 Kevin McLaughlin, 5 Devin Toner, 4 Mike McCarthy, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Sean Cronin, 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 Aaron Dundon, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Martin Moore, 19 Rhys Ruddock, 20 Dominic Ryan, 21 Isaac Boss, 22 Jimmy Gopperth, 23 Luke Fitzgerald.

Referee: Romain Poite (FFR)

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Super Rugby
Saturday , August 2
Waratahs vs Crusaders19:40
More Super Rugby fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Super Rugby
Saturday , July 26
Crusaders 38 - 6 SharksCrusaders vs Sharks Report
Waratahs 26 - 8 BrumbiesWaratahs vs Brumbies Report
Saturday , July 19
Brumbies 32 - 30 ChiefsBrumbies vs Chiefs Report
Sharks 31 - 27 HighlandersSharks vs Highlanders Report
Saturday , July 12
Crusaders 34 - 8 HighlandersCrusaders vs Highlanders Report
Reds 3 - 34 WaratahsReds vs Waratahs Report
Lions 60 - 25 CheetahsLions vs Cheetahs Report
Stormers 10 - 34 SharksStormers vs Sharks Report
Friday , July 11
Blues 8 - 11 ChiefsBlues vs Chiefs Report
Brumbies 47 - 25 Western ForceBrumbies vs Western Force Report
Bulls 40 - 7 Melbourne RebelsBulls vs Melbourne Rebels Report
Sunday , July 6
Waratahs 44 - 16 HighlandersWaratahs vs Highlanders Report
Saturday , July 5
Crusaders 21 - 13 BluesCrusaders vs Blues Report
Western Force 30 - 20 RedsWestern Force vs Reds Report
Stormers 16 - 0 BullsStormers vs Bulls Report
Cheetahs 27 - 20 SharksCheetahs vs Sharks Report
Friday , July 4
Chiefs 24 - 16 HurricanesChiefs vs Hurricanes Report
Lions 34 - 17 Melbourne RebelsLions vs Melbourne Rebels Report
More Super Rugby results
International Match
Saturday , June 28
South Africa 55 - 6 ScotlandSouth Africa vs Scotland Report
More International Match results
Super Rugby
Hurricanes 16 - 9 CrusadersHurricanes vs Crusaders Report
Waratahs 39 - 8 BrumbiesWaratahs vs Brumbies Report
Western Force 14 - 40 BluesWestern Force vs Blues Report
Friday , June 27
Highlanders 29 - 25 ChiefsHighlanders vs Chiefs Report
Melbourne Rebels 20 - 36 RedsMelbourne Rebels vs Reds Report
More Super Rugby results
International Match
Saturday , June 21
Australia 39 - 13 FranceAustralia vs France Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Bath00
2Exeter00
3Gloucester00
4Harlequins00
5Leicester Tigers00