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80 O'Gara's drop goal conversion bounces off the post and wide, but it doesn't matter. LONDON IRISH WIN 23-17 but crucially, Munster take a bonus point home. With Ospreys picking up a bonus point in Toulon...this pool is still wide open! Thanks for joining us - cheers!
79 TRY, MUNSTER, TUITUPOU. 23-17. David Wallace busts through to set up the Munster attack, O'Gara chips over the top for Sam Tuitupou, who has an easy finish. Munster save the bonus point!
78 Munster have two minutes to save a bonus point. O'Gara finds touch from a penalty won at the scrum. This will be their last roll of the dice...
76 Armitage has struck it well....but it just doesn't have the legs.
75 Munster are throwing everything they've got into attack now. Howlett takes a quick throw-in and Tuitupou tears into the Exiles half. There's a pile of bodies in midfield after Mapusua puts in another huge hit. Penalty! Armitage will have another crack at goal, this time from 55m out!
73 PENALTY, LONDON IRISH, ARMITAGE. 23-12. Munster need a try to save the bonus point now...
71 It's real trench warfare now. London Irish have a penalty from just inside their own half. Armitage steps up and says he'll have a go at goal. It's about 52m out, but dead in front.
69 PENALTY, MUNSTER, O'GARA. 20-12. Munster are within touching distance of a bonus point but they'll still reckon they can win this.
68 Penalty! Stowers pinged for hands on the deck. This time O'Gara will have a crack at the posts...
67 Under massive pressure, Lamb hacks the ball into touch. Munster can have another go...
65 Stringer dives over! No! There was knock on from a Munster hand before. London Irish feed the 5m scrum. The pressure is on.
64 Bash, bash, bash. Munster hammer away. They must have taken it through 20 phases. Buckley!!! No! Armitage does brilliantly to get his body between the ball and the ground, no try!
62 O'Callaghan secures possession and Munster begin to maul it up. Penalty! The ref has a word with London Irish for collapsing the maul. O'Gara turns down the points and kicks for the corner! Game on...
60 Some fancy footwork from Earls nearly sees the Irish international break through but Seveali'i hammers his to the ground. Exiles are offside so O'Gara can set up an attacking line-out.
58 Exiles steal another line-out but Munster counter attack Hodgson's kick and the visitors are plying the pressure in the corner.
57 Another bad mistake from Armitage as he kicks it out on the full again. Munster have a line-out just inside the Exiles half.
55 PENALTY, MUNSTER, O'GARA. 20-9.
53 It's getting a bit scrappy now with a few tired legs out there now. Exiles must defend at scrum time inside their own half. It goes against the head! Hodgon is forced to go offside to get the ball and Munster have a penalty...
50 Great burst from Munster hooker Damien Varley, and Munster are on the attack. In the Exiles 22, Stringer toes one ahead for Earls to chase....but the touchline beat both him and Armitage.
48 London Irish are turning on the gas here, sending the ball wide as Armitage joins the line again.
46 Two bad mistakes from Delon Armitage! First he fails to find touch with a penalty, then he kicks Johne Murphy's reply out of the full! What should have been an attacking line-out for London Irish is now a chance for Munster.
44 O'Gara misses a long-range penalty...20-6 it remains.
42 Lamb misses his first kick of the evening from the touchline as his conversion sails wide.
41 TRY, LONDON IRISH, OJO. 20-6. What a start to the half for Exiles! You can't give Ojo any space....the winger burns down the touchline for the first try!
40 That's it for the first half! Munster have played with plenty of positive intentions but London Irish have been very good at cashing in from their chances.
39 PENALTY, MUNSTER, O'GARA. 15-6. Vital score for the visitors as they stay in touch before the break. Armitage the guilty party for a high tackle.
37 PENALTY, LONDON IRISH, LAMB. 15-3. The gap is growing with half-time not far away. Clinical is the word that springs to mind about the Exiles tonight.
35 Doug Howlett cuts inside as Munster try to create something with ball in hand again. But then former All Black wing is isolated and forced to hang on...penalty! Lamb lines it up from 45m
33 DROP GOAL, LONDON IRISH, LAMB. 12-3. That's a sucker punch just before Tuitupou's return. Exiles making sure that get something from their time in Munster territory.
31 Trouble for Munster here as the ball finds Ojo in acres of space out wide. Denis Hurley makes a vital tackle to prevent Ojo getting his pass away to Elvis Seveali'i. The visitors breath again
29 Munster are trying to play expansive rugby but are struggling to get quick ball. Donncha O'Callaghan does well to secure the line-out and Murphy hoofs it upfield. Exiles are getting on top here - the extra man is telling.
27 The line-outs have been a feature of this first half. The hosts are very comfortable while Munster are clearly under pressure.
25 They throw isn't straight - that's a wasted opportunity for the visitors as Exiles can clear from the ensuing scrum.
24 Penalty to Munster as London Irish go off their feet. O'Gara sets up an attacking line-out. What can Munster's 14 men do?
23 Whoa! The handbags are out again, though this time it's a bit more serious. Sam Tuitupou is in trouble here for a spear tackle. Armitage and Earls get a talking too for the fisticuffs. YELLOW CARD, MUNSTER, TUITUPOU.
21 PENALTY, LONDON IRISH, LAMB. 9-3.
19 Exiles on the attack now as Topsy Ojo has a go at the Muntser defence. Now the ball is spun wide as Delon Armitage joins the line and finds some space. He's pulled down but the ref takes play back to an earlier infringement. Lamb will have another crack at goal.
17 Oof! Paul Hodgson busts through the line but his pass is just an inch out of Seilala Mapusua's reach. That could have been trouble for Munster.
15 The ref has a word with George Stowers and Denis Leamy, who were throwing handbags off the ball. Munster build in midfield, but progress is slow.
13 The visitors continue to play positive rugby. O'Gara has hardly kicked out of hand yet. The men in red rumble their way into the Exiles half.
11 PENALTY, LONDON IRISH, LAMB. 6-3.
10 BIG scrum from Exiles on the Munster 22. Penalty! That's a big boost from the home front row. Lamb lines it up from 30m
8 PENALTY, LONDON IRISH, LAMB. 3-3 It's all square after Munster are pinged for being offside. Good kick from Lamb.
7 A very positive start here from Munster, who are eager to keep ball in hand - though they are struggling to get out of their own half.
5 PENALTY, MUNSTER, O'GARA. 0-3
4 Penalty to Munster! London Irish making no attempt to roll away and O'Gara will have an early shot at goal from 25m out. It should be a formality for the Test veteran.
2 The first scrum ends in a penalty to Munster and Ronan O'Gara can send play back into the Exile's half
1 Ryan Lamb kicks off for Exiles. Munster take it in in their 22 and try run it back! Huge statement of intent from the visitors. Earls is caught in possession though.
0 We start with a long round of applause in memory of Irish rugby hero Moss Keane.
0 London Irish have only made it to four Heineken Cups but in 2008 reached the semi-finals. Munster on the other-hand are synonymous with Europe's premier competition. They have played in 109 games and won the competition out-right on two occasions, come runners-up twice, made five semi-finals including the last two years and made a further three quarter-finals.
0 Welcome to the Madejski Stadium where London Irish welcome two-times champions Munster in what should be a real cracker of a game! Both sides are setting the pace in their domestic competition and currently top their respective leagues.
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