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Munster v Edinburgh - Live
Full time MUNSTER 33-0 EDINBURGH
80 TRY, MUNSTER, VARLEY. 33-0. There it is! The Red Army marches on to the bonus point! Another classic drive is too much for the Edinburgh defence to handle and Damien Varley can score!
78 It's all a bit helter skelter now as Munster throw it around from all over the show.
75 Keatley's conversion is wide, but who cares? The big question now is whether Munster can get the four-try bonus point.
74 TRY, MUNSTER, DOUGALL. 28-0. Oh the floodgates are opening now! Paddy Butler breaks from the halfway line. Keatley is up in support but is stopped just short. However Sean Dougall can burrow his way over!
72 CONVERSION, KEATLY. 23-0. Good kick from the home fly-half.
71 TRY, MUNSTER, O'MAHONY. 21-0. Munster do it the old way this time. A classic drive from a line-out sees Peter O'Mahony crash over at the back of the maul.
68 News from Cardiff is that Toulon are winning 19-11. Munster are keeping it tight in old-school Munster style.
66 Edinburgh build through seven phrases but then, in typical fashion, a pass goes to ground. They're lucky it finds touch before Zebo can pounce on the loose ball.
64 OOOUFF! Gregor Hunter takes a forearm to the face from the charging James Downey. The Scottish fly-half's knees buckled under him when he tried to stand up. He is escorted off. He'll have a headache tomorrow!
61 That's enough for today for Paul O'Connell. The Munster stalwart makes his way to the sidelines as Stephen Archer joins the fray.
60 It's one-way traffic in Limerick. Edinburgh are under the cosh but Munster continue to make errors at vital moments. The scoreline does not reflect the hosts' dominance.
57 PENALTY, MUNSTER, KEATLEY. 16-0. Hurley wastes a try with a poor pass to POC but Keatley can nevertheless extend the lead with a very well-struck penalty.
54 The tension is finally broken at Thomond Park. Surely Munster will win from here. Edinburgh have shown nothing to suggest otherwise.
52 CONVERSION, KEATLEY. 13-0. Easy conversion from right in front.
51 TRY, MUNSTER, MURRAY, 11-0. At Last the pressure tells as Conor Murray spots a gap around the fringes after O'Connell drives. The scrum half goes over under the sticks...the TMO confirms the try!
49 Tonks sends a massive kick up field but it's gone too far and bobbles over the dead ball line. Munster have a scrum just inside the visitors' 22.
47 Too many errors from Munster as the ball is turned over just 2m short of the Edinburgh line. Hunter sends play back to half way. Another missed opportunity.
45 A response for the Munster scrum to those penalties in the first half as the visitors are forced to stand up under pressure. Munster go on the attack again from the line-out.
42 O'Callaghan finds himself out on the wing once again but can't hold on after finding a gap. Another chance is lost for the hosts.
Second half Here we go again. Keatley kicks us off and goes deep. Can Edinburgh turn the tide in the second period?
Half Time MUNSTER 6 - 0 EDINBURGH
40 An opportunity is lost for Munster! Mick Sherry's throw is not straight and Barnes blows his whistle. That's half time!
39 A neat box kick from Murray goes behind Jones and into touch in the Edinburgh 22. The pressure is on now...
37 More of the same - Munster look to move the ball about but the Edinburgh defence stands firm. Botha is pinged at scrum time again but Hunter fails to find touch! Hurley puts it out on halfway.
34 Munster must be a bit worried here. They've had nearly 70 % of the possession but only have 6 points to show for it.
32 Talei is isolated and gives away a penalty away. However Keatley MISSES from long range.
30 BJ Botha is penalised at scrum time and Hunter finds touch. Can Edinburgh do something with some rare possession?
27 Munster continue to keep the ball alive and move it around the park. How long can Edinburgh resist this kind of pressure?
24 PENALTY, MUNSTER, KEATLEY. 6-0. No problems this time for the home fly-half to double the lead.
22 Tonks has made some big clearances to keep Munster at bay. At the moment there's not much attacking coming from the visitors though. It's all Munster.
19 O'Connell pinches another line-out. Munster send it wide quickly but Howlett runs down a dead end.
17 Munster win a penalty from a scrum just 7m out. Keatley has a shot at goal but misses badly with a very makable kick.
15 Talei tries to break off the back of the scrum but is driven back 10m by the Munster defenders! More handbags come out...a real fight is brewing.
14 Oh! Close one for Munster. Keatley kicks cross-field but O'Callaghan just doesn't have the legs to get on the end of it!
12 Wayne Barnes is not shy with his whistle. He's very strict at the breakdown and until the players adjust this game is not going anywhere.
10 Denton smashes into Zebo but is too slow in releasing. Edinburgh are not making much impression on the Munster defence.
8 O'Connell steels the line-out! There's too much lip from the Munster players at the next scrum however so Wayne Barnes gives possession to the visitors.
6 Munster look to give the ball some width but James Downey does not come through the gate and Hunter to can relieve the pressure from the ensuing penalty.
4 PENALTY, MUNSTER, KEATLEY. 3-0. Easy does it for the home 10.
2 Whoa! Biffo already. Atiga and O'Mahony exchange pleasantries. Penalty to Munster and Keatley sends play upfield.
Kick-off Here we go! Young Gregor Hunter kicks us off. It goes deep. Munster gather easily and Conor Murray finds touch inside his own half.
Team news Edinburgh have suffered a major blow with the news that try-machine Tim Visser failed a fitness test on Saturday morning. He is replaced by Tom Brown, with Dougie Fife taking the space vacated on the bench.
Team news Munster have Donncha O'Callaghan back into their starting sidewhile Mick Sherry starts ahead of Damien Varley. An injury to Ronan O'Gara (hamstring) means a start at 10 for Ian Keatley
Welcome Hello and welcome to Thomond Park for our coverage of what is a vital game for Munster. Saracens have made a perfect start to their campaign in Pool 1, meaning that Munster must win big today in order to keep their hopes of a quarter-final spot alive!
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