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80 Full-time in Limerick and it will be Biarritz versus Munster in Spain in the semi-finals while Leinster are set to face either Toulouse or Stade Francais, who play each other on Sunday. Thanks for watching but hats off to the European nous of Munster..they were supreme in both attack and defence without their captain O'Connell!
78 The clock ticks on as Northampton pack down on the home 22-metre line. But nothing seems to be happening for them right now as a deflated-looking Foden is ushered into touch. Just pride on the line now..Munster aren't letting up in defence though. They are also a proud bunch!
76 O'GARA CONVERSION! 33-19! The icing on the cake then and Munster will head to face old Heineken Cup foes Biarritz in the semi-final if they can see this one out.
75 HOWLETT TRY! 31-19! Game over at Thomond Park and it's the All Black winger who ends Saints' hopes. O'Leary it was who picked from the base and went blind, drawing in two tacklers before sending over his finisher!
73 Well, maybe not..these past two minutes it has been all Munster in the visitors' half. A little side-note is that Hartley and Flannery have had a big scrap out in back-play, with the latter a little bloodied. Oh positional rivalries! Munster have it then but a Warwick drop-goal goes wide.
71 Northampton are starting to build through Geraghty, Ashton and then the second-row Kruger in some space. But the South African's final pass to Tonga'uhui is adjudged to be forward..you do sense this is the start of something for Saints though.
68 O'GARA PENALTY! 26-19! What a significant kick that could be for Munster. The lead is seven points and it will be hard for Saints to come back from here. Kitchen sink time!
66 Mallinder makes the change we were all waiting for an Shane Geraghty is on for Myler, who has played and kicked well today. But his first task will be to defend as Munster have it 35 metres out through Mafi and then Howlett. Good stuff from the Irish and they have a penalty for Northampton hands being where they shouldn't..step up O'Gara.
64 That penalty miss does not get to ROG though and it's deja vu with that spiral across to Saints' corner once again. However, the English can escape from here with ease thanks to Hayes pulling someone out of a maul. Big fifteen minutes ahead of us!
62 But the Irish number ten feels the heat and misses the uprights!
61 O'Gara looks to be coming into his own right now! He has just spiraled one into touch on the Northampton 22 and don't the crowd love it! Long way down to the home whitewash then for Saints..and they won't get there as Dickson's box kick is charged down and the scrum-half then pulls back Horan. Tee?
58 O'GARA PENALTY! 23-19! Saints' joy is short-lived though as Dowson is penalised by Owens for holding on..step up O'Gara and you know the rest!
56 MYLER PENALTY! 20-19! He is on the money again is the visiting playmaker and Saints respond almost immediately. Five from five now from him.
54 O'GARA CONVERSION! 20-16! Simple stuff for ROG..
53 DE VILLIERS TRY! 18-16! The breakthrough for Munster! A drifting O'Leary saw him pull Saints across the line and what an angle from the Springbok!
52 O'Gara really does know every blade of grass at Thomond Park and has just found an inch-perfect touch in the Saints corner. And that soon turns into an attacking scrum thanks to Munster's appetite on the ground pays off. Chance.
50 Saints are pretty unhappy here as the replay shows that Flannery just took out Best off the ball, but Owens turns a blind eye. They must put that to one side though as O'Leary puts in on the home ten-metre. It is delicately balanced is this one.
48 Can the visitors weather this early-half storm? They might just have done so as a long kick down to Warwick takes the heat off them for a while. Munster will drop-out from their own 22 as O'Gara calls for calm in his ranks.
45 What a hit from Mafi?! He has just floored Reihana and that could lead to Flannery hacking on the loose ball and possibly going over for a try. Although his pace might have held him back in the end, it is a knock-on from the hooker that saves Northampton in the end.
43 Saints throw in while a replacement comes on for Munster, it's Mafi for Dowling, which seems like a blood change. Okay then, the hosts have it 30 metres out through O'Driscoll, who does well to keep hold of that pass.
SECOND HALF: Saints restart the game and pick of where they left off, taking it to the locals. But a knock-on kills the early raid.
40 MYLER CONVERSION! 13-16! No mistake from the pivot and Saints have gone in three points to the good. What a half..join us again in ten..it promises to be thrilling!
39 CLARKE TRY! 13-14! Saints are finishing the half much the stronger and are 20 out with Best running well! It could be a chance wide to the left...and is! Northampton are over through their steady centre..simple rugby!
37 Drop-goal attempt from O'Gara..wide..and that may be the catalyst for Saints to launch themselves into another one of those counter-attacks. That they do and it's Downey taking the restart quickly before Myler takes it over halfway. But there was a forward pass in there and the move is foiled.
35 Northampton have kicked long once again, trying to get away from this long passage of Munster dominance. However, the Irish are to come right back at them with Flannery throwing 20 out. More defending for Saints then.
33 Territory is certainly with Munster but you just get the sense that Saints can strike from anywhere if given a sniff. And that they do when a long relieving kick downfield is chased superbly by Ashton and Lawes. Good metres made in the end as Hartley now throws 35 from the Munster line.
29 MYLER PENALTY! 13-9! However, the Munstermen come offside soon after following a Saints breakout from Ashton and this is a relatively simple task for Myler...he makes no mistake! Three from three for him!
27 Something looks to have happened on the floor here on the Munster 22 as Flannery gets up very groggy indeed. He is okay now though and gets right back into the scrum, with Munster soon heading past halfway at pace.
25 Another conversion missed by fly-half O'Gara but they will be happy with that five-point return in the corner. Saints really must plug those holes if they are to progress here though.
23 HOWLETT TRY! 13-6! It is one apiece in the scrum battle now! Munster have just destroyed their opposition ten metres out from the Saints line. What can they muster? They are over..the pressure tells with their All Blacks staying strong in the corner!
20 The hosts are coming right back here and motor down the right wing, with that man Warwick involved again from full-back. However, an O'Leary pass has been adjudged to have gone forward by referee Nigel Owens and it's a Saints scrum five out.
17 MYLER PENALTY! 8-6! He is on the money again the fly-half and we are down to a two-point ball game in Limerick. How will Munster respond?
16 This game has the makings of being another special quarter-final, like the two that have already passed! There are mini-battles going on all over the field and Saints have just won the scrum one..Myler calls for the tee.
13 Much better from Saints as they mix up their play with power and width. Tonga'uiha again was involved in the earlier word (of course) and then the chip over from Myler almost found Ashton.
11 MYLER PENALTY! 8-3! A lazy Munster runner means the lead is down to five at Thomond Park..a nerve-settler for the former Salford City Reds rugby league man.
10 Finally some ball for Saints and they use the strength of loosehead prop Soane Tonga'uiha, who moves them forward with ease. Now the kick to touch and this is looking promising as Jim Mallinder's side are soon ten out with ball in-hand.
7 O'Gara missed his conversion by the way but the stand-in captain will be very happy with his side's start this evening. Saints must find their feet and fast!
5 WARWICK TRY! 8-0! However, that is a priceless turnover for Northampton after Keith Earls and Paul Warwick had taken Munster to within five metres. But the Irish come again soon after through that same duo again and they are over wide out! What an early statement from the European giants.
3 Munster have really come out of the blocks at pace and are not giving Saints an inch..this time Stephen Myler is charged down and Jerry Flannery will throw in just inside the away 22.
2 O'GARA PENALTY! 3-0! Here we go then and it's an immediate penalty for Northampton being offside when attempting to collect O'Gara's kick-off. Chance for ROG early on..no mistake from Mr. Heineken Cup!
0 Bad news for the locals - Munster captain Paul O'Connell has failed a fitness test and will not play. Mick O'Driscoll takes his place. Ronan O'Gara will lead the side.
0 Welcome to the big one! Two former Heineken Cup champions go toe-to-toe at Thomond Park. Can Northampton upset the odds and beat Munster in Limerick? Only special sides do that. More importantly, can this game hit the heights set in first two quarter-finals? Let's find out - we're just moments away from the action...
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