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  • Murray, Sherry, Zebo (3),
    Conversions: Keatley (2),
29 - 6

Racing Metro 92


  • Penalty goals: Germain (2),

Munster v Racing Metro - Live

Last updated: 20th January 2013  

80 The game ends after the TMO rules Racing weren't over the line due to double movement. It just hasn't been their day has it. Munster win then and progress to the last eight! Next up we have Leicester v Toulouse from Welford Road. Stay right where you are.

Yellow Card79 BUTLER YELLOW! The Munster sub now goes off.

78 Racing finish with a surge to the line. Will they finish with a try?

Yellow Card77 MATADIGO YELLOW! Off the ball tackle from him.

76 News from elsewhere is that Saracens have won with a bonus point and earn themselves a home quarter-final. But here come Munster in Limerick as Laulala runs hard up to the 22. It leads to a penalty too so what will Keatley do here? He kicks to the corner...

74 Munster are ringing the changes with the mission accomplished.

72 Racing are giving everything until the last as they carry up into the home half with Cronje prominent. Orlandi is now also involved. Great stuff from the Top 14 side.

69 O'Mahony is given a rest by coach Penney as Butler comes on, with his first touch seeing him racing through a hole on halfway. This is pressure free rugby from Munster now as Zebo gets his hands on possession wide left on the 22. It's lost forward though.

66 Munster keep hold of possession in a patient style before a grubber on halfway runs too far for the chasing O'Callaghan. Maybe not the player Keatley wanted to see running after that one. Fourteen minutes or so to go then with Racing four scores down.

63 Oh but what a breakout from Munster as O'Donnell runs into the Racing half before a knock-on from his offload ends the attack. Here comes JJ Hanrahan for Earls.

60 Munster get the benefit of the doubt at scrum-time in their own 22 as Botha takes a few big deep breaths before jogging to the resulting line-out. Replacement Varley to throw...it's overcooked so the ball is back with Racing, who edge back towards the line.

56 Keatley's conversion hits the post so it remains 29-6.

TRY55 ZEBO TRY! 29-6! Hat-trick try. Racing heads are down and Munster just used the hands to create room for wing on the left. Penny for Leinster's thoughts.

53 Happy faces aplenty around Thomond Park here as Munster are about to throw in on the Racing 22. It's now a surge of red on the French defensive line here.

Conversion50 KEATLEY CONVERSION! 24-6! Two more points.

TRY49 ZEBO TRY! 22-6! That was almost outstanding from Keatley as he put in an amazing no-look grubber that just ran dead from the chasing Howlett. It didn't matter though as Jones countered soon after before Zebo grubbered himself and collected to score. What a try as he pounds the Munster badge on his chest. Leinster look to be going out.

47 Racing manage to get out of jail on their own line so back go Munster up to the Parisians' ten-metre. The pace of the game is good as Munster go for the jugular.

44 This is excellent rugby from Munster as they refuse to hang around in search of that fourth try. Jones was strong then down the right wing which leads to Racing hanging around the tackled player at the breakdown. This one is going to the corner.

42 Munster are in possession on their 22 but not for long as Keatley boots it down to Germain inside his own half. Munster must be patient as they look for that try.

Second-half Welcome back. By the way, the other game in this Pool sees Saracens currently 19-7 ahead against Edinburgh with about 45 minutes gone in Watford.

40 Half-time and Munster are three quarters of the way there. Join us again after the break to see if Leinster are crashing out of the Heineken Cup at the Pool stages.

38 The conversion was missed but Munster are back again, looking to get the job done before the break. Barnes goes to the TMO to check if there has been foul play when Doug Howlett was looking to get to a Keatley chip into the in-goal first...no try...22 restart.

TRY36 SHERRY TRY! 17-6! There it is, from a driving maul.

35 Racing give away a penalty under pressure so it's either a scrum or line-out for Munster here...they go for the corner. A third try before the break would be huge.

34 Juan Pablo Orlandi is on for Benjamin Sa as Munster look for another score before the break. Sherry throws on the Racing 22 before Keatley grubbers through.

Penalty32 GERMAIN PENALTY! 12-6! One wonders how Racing will react to that double blow. Well Munster give them a gift in truth as they fail to release in the tackle.

29 Conversion missed by Keatley close to the touchline.

TRY28 ZEBO TRY! 12-3! Huge spell for Munster as a bust from loosehead prop Kilcoyne leads to numbers on the left where Zebo is waiting. Two more to get now.

Conversion26 KEATLEY CONVERSION! 7-3! Two more points.

TRY25 MURRAY TRY! 5-3! Yet more spice in this game as Descons upsets Murray which leads to a ten-man scuffle just outside the Racing 22. Munster get a penalty in the end and they march to within five metres. They're over! It's Murray driving over in the end.

24 That is excellent stuff from replacement Descons as he peels to the blind side and kicks down the line into touch. Bit of pressure on Sherry's throw now then as Munster desperately look for territory on which to get over the line for the first time this afternoon.

22 Few would have predicted this scoreline on 22 minutes when the team sheets were confirmed, even more so with Racing down to 14 players Munster have it, closing in on halfway with inside centre Downey running hard at the light blue defensive wall.

20 Noirot to throw again here, this time 35 metres from the Munster line, as Descons replaces Belie. Racing drive from that set-piece and here is a touch for Descons.

18 Zebo now tries to spark something from distance but he is caught holding on in contact 20 out. Great spirit being shown by Racing here against the odds.

16 Noirot now throws just outside his 22 and that leads to Belie knocking on under pressure from Ryan. Big chance for Munster here with a lot of space to work with.

Penalty13 GERMAIN PENALTY! 0-3! The 14 men are ahead.

12 Still 0-0 as referee Barnes takes a ball flush in the face from Keatley's clearance. From the scrum restart though, the English official against blows against the Munster pack for incorrect engagement. So, a chance for Gaetan Germain to put Racing in front...

9 Racing survive the Munster onslaught for now but Wayne Barnes will have few friends in Dublin after that decision. Rightly or wrongly though, Racing are down to 14.

7 Well then, huge advantage Munster now with Leinster probably hanging their heads over in Dublin. Surely the four tries will be coming now here at Thomond Park.

Red Card6 BATUT RED CARD! A knee to a head at ruck time.

5 Once again we have a few resets but again it's Racing taking it up, this time met fiercely in midfield by James Downey. Net result, Munster scrum 40 metres out.

3 It will be a Racing scrum on their own ten-metre as they look to lower the volume. A few stoppages before packing down does that before they use a few runners.

Kick-off Here we go then as Keatley gets things going in front of this vocal crowd - sixteenth man indeed. Racing are under pressure in their own 22 and kick clear.

Team news Racing leave out Juan Martin Hernandez, Henry Chavancy, Dimitri Szarzewski, Fabrice Estebanez and Juan Imhoff as they make 13 changes in all.

Team news Munster are without suspended fly-half Ronan O'Gara but Ian Keatley is a solid replacement. In the other change, Mike Sherry is in for Damien Varley.

Welcome Hello and welcome from Thomond Park where the task is simple for Munster - win with a bonus-point and they will oust Leinster for the final quarter-final spot. Simple would maybe the wrong word though had Racing Metro brought a full-strength team, but as you shall see in the upcoming team news, their mind now seems to be elsewhere.

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