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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 1
- 13th Jan 2013
- KO 12:45
- Ground: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
- Att: 6,220
Edinburgh v Munster - Live
Full time EDINBURGH 17 - 26 MUNSTER
80 Munster ply the pressure in the dying moments not no luck. That's it! Munster win but fail to get the bonus point. They'll struggle to make the quarter-finals now. Thanks for joining us, cheers!
78 CONVERSION, LAIDLAW. 17-26
77 TRY, EDINBURGH, FIFE!!! 15-26 Great try from the Edinburgh wing, who bounces off two tacklers in midfield and then brushes Earls aside to score under the posts!
76 Munster have 4 minutes to score the two tries they need for a bonus point but at the moment it looks more likely that Edinburgh will score! Laidlaw sets up another attacking line-out from a penalty.
74 CONVERSION, LAIDLAW. 10-26
73 TRY, EDINBURGH, FIFE. 8-26. That's Edinburgh's first try in Europe this season! A great break from Matt Scott sets it up and Dougie Fife has an easy run in out wide in acres of space.
71 Penalty to Edinburgh after Varley high tackles Denton. Laidlaw sets up the line-out on the Munster 22.
69 Ian Keatley is on for Ronan O'Gara who can expect to be cited - the big screen at the stadium just showed a replay of ROG lashing out at Cox and kicking him in the shin...idiot!
67 It's helter skelter stuff now as Munster go in search of two more tries. Earls is dispossessed within sight of the line in the left corner and Edinburgh breathe again.
65 Whoa...a big fight breaks out. Lots of players involved. It finally settles down and the ref has a chat with Sean Cox and Simon Zebo. The ref didn't see it kick off...both are lucky not to see yellow.
64 CONVERSION, O'GARA. 3-26
63 TRY, MUNSTER, MURRAY. 3-24. That's number two! Conor Murray finds a gap at the edge of a ruck and pounces from short range.
62 Visser makes up for his mistake by making a great tackle on Felix Jones, who looked set for the line after making a break. But Munster keep coming...
59 A fast break from Munster goes nowhere as the final past to Howlett sails out. Edinburgh try attack but Visser kicks it out on the full handing possession and territory back to the visitors.
56 CONVERSION, O'GARA. 3-19. One down, three to go?
55 PENALTY TRY, MUNSTER. 3-17. The Munster pack turn up the heat at scrum time. The hosts have no answer but to pop up and the ref has no choice but to award a penalty try.
54 Munster have an advantage as they go for the line. The chip comes over the top...Laidlaw gets there first but it looks like he's batted the ball into touch intentionally. The TMO has a look. YELLOW CARD, EDINBURGH, LAIDLAW.
52 Munster really need to get a try in the next few minutes if they hope to get a bonus point today. Dave Denton does them a favour by fumbling an easy ball under no pressure as he tracks back to clean up an O'Gara punt. 5m scrum to Munster, under the posts.
49 YELLOW CARD, MUNSTER, KILCOYNE. Earls finally breaks through on the 21st phase but on the 22nd phase Edinburgh isolate the runner and win the penalty. Rees takes it quickly but David Kilcoyne gets in his way and sees yellow for the professional foul.
47 19 phases but Munster have yet to make significant progress, stuck on the Edinburgh 22m line.
45 Another scrum penalty goes Munster's way. The ref has a long chat with the Edinburgh front row...a card isn't far away. ROG sets up the attacking line-out.
43 Sloppy stuff from Edinburgh as the ball is left open next to a ruck in the Munster 22 so James Downey can hack it away.
Second half Here we go for the second half as Laidlaw kicks us off. An early scrum and Edinburgh win a penalty! Into the corner it goes...
Half Time EDINBURGH 3-12 MUNSTER
40 Munster lay siege to the Edinburgh line. Tonks intercepts! No - the ref comes back for an advantage. Munster have a penalty right under the sticks but they choose to run it! Knock-on out wide and Munster have let an opportunity slip. That's half time! But the players are in no hurry to get to the changing rooms as another scuffle breaks out. The second half should be a fiery affair. We'll be back in ten!
38 Sean Cox and the ref have an argument. The Edinburgh flank thinks he went through the middle of a ruck, the ref reckons he was offside. O'Gara finds touch deep in the Edinburgh 22 from the penalty.
36 PENALTY, MUNSTER, O'GARA. 3-12. Another scrum, another penalty to Munster. BJ Botha dominating Robin Hislop. There are a few handbags after the scrum too...the ref has a word with Howlett, telling him to calm his boys down.
34 PENALTY, EDINBURGH, LAIDLAW. 3-9. Easy three points for the Scottish international.
32 Denton makes a good run as he takes O'Gara's kick in his own 22 but makes it almost to half way. Edinburgh send it through the hands and Matt Scott busts over the advantage line on the edge of the Munster 22. Penalty! Munster off their feet.
29 PENALTY, MUNSTER, O'GARA. 0-9. ROG lands another three-pointer as Munster begin to build a lead. The hosts need to get on the scoreboard soon...
26 PENALTY, MUNSTER, O'GARA. 0-6. The dominant Munster scrum wins the penalty and ROG has no problems in splitting the uprights.
24 The Munster pack rumbles forward with a series of pick-and-drives. They charge into the Edinburgh 22. Some good scrambling defence from the hosts forces a knock-on. Scrum to Edinburgh 15m from their own line.
22 Munster prop David Kilcoyne gets some treatment on halfway for a back problem. The first quarter is gone and Edinburgh are still in this - not much to pick between the sides so far.
20 O'Gara MISSES so the gap is still just three points. Edinburgh look to add some speed to the game too and Laidlaw takes a quick kick which finds touch just inside the Munster half.
18 Munster look to add some width to the game and give the ball some air. Ben Cairns is offside so ROG will have a shot at goal.
16 ROG misses touch from a penalty but Tonks kicks it right back. ROG chips over the top...Tonks counters and then grubbers. Howlett puts an end to it all with a long punt.
14 The scrum goes down..both sides jumped the gun. The ref lectures the hookers and we'll start again. The next scrum turns into a mess. Munster wheel it around and win the feed! Conor Murray clears.
12 The Edinburgh forwards hammer away. Rees has go, but is stopped short. Now WP Nel goes for the line...it's stuck at the bottom of a pile of bodies. Another 5m scrum, this time right under the sticks.
10 This is better from Edinburgh. Tonks joins the line at speed and then chips into the corner. There's a Munster knock-on as they try to steal the line-out. 5 metre scrum to Edinburgh - great opportunity here.
7 Edinburgh have their first chance to attack but Tim Visser leaves the ball behind as he tries to cut in on the angle and take Laidlaw's pass at pace. The rain has turned to sleet - handling will not be easy with frozen fingers.
5 Munster maul the restart back to halfway. Then ROG chips into the corner and Tonks is forced into touch. But Varley's throw goes over the top and a chance is lost.
3 PENALTY, MUNSTER, O'GARA. 0-3. First blood for the visitors as ROG lands a long-range effort. Edinburgh were off their feet at a ruck.
Kick-off Here we go! Rona O'Gara kicks us off. There's a light drizzle out there and it's freezing cold. An early line-out to Edinburgh is followed by some kick tennis.
Late change Edinburgh prop Allan Jacobsen has been ruled out. Robin Hislop starts. Alex Allan comes onto the bench.
Ref change Referee Romain Poite has had to withdraw due to illness. The Frenchman has been replaced by English referee Greg Garner.
Team news There are four changes in total for Munster from the side that started at Vicarage Road. The one backline change sees Keith Earls, injured for the Sarries game, return to the starting XV in place of Casey Laulala who sits on the bench. Up front Dave Kilcoyne and Tommy O'Donnell are others who return. Damien Varley starts ahead of Mick Sherry
Team news Michael Bradley has named three changes to the Edinburgh side. Welsh international scrum-half Richie Rees returns to start, and reforms the half-back partnership with captain and stand-off Greig Laidlaw, instead of Piers Francis, who is on the bench. The club's Heineken Cup top try scorer, Ben Cairns, gets the nod at outside centre to form a dynamic midfield partnership with fellow Scotland cap and former Currie player Matt Scott.
Welcome Hello and welcome to Murrayfield, where Munster have arrived looking to keep their Heineken Cup campaign alive. After Saracens' victory in France yesterday, topping the group looks out of the question, meaning a bonus-point here today is a non-negotiable if the Irish giants are to sneak through as one of the best second-placed clubs.
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