Planet Rugby

Hanrahan the hero for Munster

14th December 2013 17:37

Share:

Munster lock Paul O Connell in maul

Late win: Munster

A last ditch try from JJ Hanrahan saw Munster stun Perpignan 18-17 at the death in their pivotal Heineken Cup clash at Stade Aimé Giral on Saturday.

The memorable victory puts the Irish outfit six points clear of Pool rivals Gloucester, who tackle struggling Edinburgh at Kingsholm on Sunday.

Perpignan thought they had sealed the four points when Tommaso Benvenuti scored in the 77th minute but a moment of magic involving Tommy O'Donnell and fellow replacement Hanrahan broke Perpignan hearts in a heated encounter.

Munster now know that their fate is very much in their own hands ahead of facing Gloucester and finally Edinburgh in January's final two games.

Munster went into the game on the back of a convincing 36-8 victory over their French opponents last week, starting strongly, only to fall behind to a Tommy Allan penalty.

The game was then marred by yellow card's for both sides, with Romain Terrain and Peter O'Mahony sent to the bin for an off the ball scrap.

Ian Keatley and Allan then exchanged three pointers, in a scrappy half which lacked both excitement and quality.

The visitors' poor discipline didn't help them in an ill tempered first half, as they conceded another penalty, this time for offside, which put them six points behind.

Munster came out firing at the start of the second period, forcing the Perpignan scrum onto the back foot with some dominant scrum play. After four consecutive five metre scrums, referee JP Doyle finally decided to award the penalty try for the travelling team, who edged into a narrow lead.

Momentum then shifted once more, as Munster scrambled to keep out a resurgent home side. Allan's penalty was all they had to show for it though, with several chances spurned. They paid for their profligacy soon after.

Keatley tipped the game back in his side's favour once more, a penalty meaning they held on to a one point gap going into the final ten minutes.

Allan then missed the chance to change the scoreline once more, missing a kickable chance to keep Munster's noses in front.

Benvenuti then thought he had won the game, only for Munster to record an unbelievably dramatic win, as replacement Hanrahan charged over in the corner with 80 minutes up.

The scorers:

For Perpignan:
Try: Benvenuti
Pen: Allan 4

For Munster:
Tries: Penalty, Hanrahan
Con: Keatley
Pen: Keatley 2

Perpignan: 15 Joffrey Michel, 14 Richard Haughton, 13 Lifeimi Mafi, 12 Watisoni Votu, 11 Sofiane Guitoune, 10 Tommy Allan, 9 Nicolas Durand, 8 Luke Narraway (c), 7 Al Strokosch, 6 Daniel Leo, 5 Guillaume Vilaceca, 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 3 Paulica Ion, 2 Romain Terrain, 1 Sebastien Taofifénua.
Replacements: 16 Guihelm Guirado, 17 Pascal Cotet, 18 Jean-Baptiste Custoja, 19 Justin Purll, 20 Tom Ecochard, 21 David Marty, 22 Tommaso Benvenuti, 23 Jean-Pierre Perez.

Munster: 15 Felix Jones, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Casey Laulala, 12 James Downey, 11 Johne Murphy, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Cathal Sheridan, 8 James Coughlan, 7 Sean Dougall, 6 Peter O'Mahony (c), 5 Paul O'Connell, 4 Donnacha Ryan, 3 BJ Botha, 2 Damien Varley, 1 James Cronin.
Replacements: 16 Duncan Casey, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 Stephen Archer, 19 Donncha O'Callaghan, 20 Tommy O'Donnell, 21 Duncan Williams, 22 JJ Hanrahan, 23 Denis Hurley.

Referee: JP Doyle (England)
Assistant referees: Martin Fox, Paul Dix (both England)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 28
Bath vs HarlequinsBath vs Harlequins Preview
Saturday , November 29
Leicester Tigers vs Wasps15:00
Exeter vs Saracens16:30
Sunday , November 30
London Irish vs Gloucester13:00
London Welsh vs Northampton14:30
Newcastle Falcons vs Sale Sharks15:15
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
International Match
Saturday , November 29
Wales vs South Africa14:30
England vs Australia14:30
More International Match fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , November 28
Munster vs UlsterMunster vs Ulster Preview
Cardiff Blues vs TrevisoCardiff Blues vs Treviso Preview
Saturday , November 29
Zebre vs Edinburgh15:00
Leinster vs Ospreys17:15
Connacht vs Scarlets19:30
Sunday , November 30
Glasgow Warriors vs Dragons16:00
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Saturday , November 29
Toulon vs Clermont Auvergne14:45
Oyonnax vs Bordeaux-Begles18:30
Lyon vs Montpellier18:30
La Rochelle vs Bayonne18:30
Castres vs Racing Metro Paris18:30
Toulouse vs Grenoble20:45
Sunday , November 30
Stade Francais vs Brive18:00
More Top 14 fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 23
Saracens 24 - 31 NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Report
London Welsh 5 - 26 Leicester TigersLondon Welsh vs Leicester Tigers Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Georgia 35 - 24 JapanGeorgia vs Japan Report
More International Match results
Guinness PRO12
Treviso 24 - 24 LeinsterTreviso vs Leinster Report
Edinburgh 28 - 13 Cardiff BluesEdinburgh vs Cardiff Blues Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 22
London Irish 23 - 33 BathLondon Irish vs Bath Report
Exeter 31 - 15 WaspsExeter vs Wasps Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Italy 6 - 22 South AfricaItaly vs South Africa Report
England 28 - 9 SamoaEngland vs Samoa Report
France 13 - 18 ArgentinaFrance vs Argentina Report
Wales 16 - 34 New ZealandWales vs New Zealand Report
Scotland 37 - 12 TongaScotland vs Tonga Report
Ireland 26 - 23 AustraliaIreland vs Australia Report
Romania 18 - 9 CanadaRomania vs Canada Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 21
Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale SharksHarlequins vs Sale Sharks Report
Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 GloucesterNewcastle Falcons vs Gloucester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Fiji 20 - 14 USAFiji vs USA Report
More International Match results
Guinness PRO12
Dragons 12 - 38 MunsterDragons vs Munster Report
Ulster 25 - 16 OspreysUlster vs Ospreys Report
Connacht 43 - 3 ZebreConnacht vs Zebre Report
Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow WarriorsScarlets vs Glasgow Warriors Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 16
Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 SaracensLeicester Tigers vs Saracens Report
Wasps 71 - 7 London WelshWasps vs London Welsh Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Ireland 49 - 7 GeorgiaIreland vs Georgia Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 15
Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London IrishSale Sharks vs London Irish Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton830
2Exeter828
3Bath828
4Saracens825
5Leicester Tigers821