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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 6
- 12th Oct 2013
- KO 13:35
- Ground: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
- Att: 7,024
Edinburgh v Munster - Live
80 EDINBURGH 29-23 MUNSTER
80 Munster desperate for an opening but Cronin knocks on for Edinburgh to take the win! Remarkable turnaround in fortunes for the Scottish side as they start their campaign with a win. Munster pick up a losing bonus point, but would have expected so much more. Thanks for reading.
80 Crossbar! Having hit the post twice, Laidlaw's final penalty pings off the bar and Munster are back in possession in their own 22. Murray inexplicably kicks the ball away but Laidlaw's foot is in touch as he breaks down the left. Munster's final chance from the lineout.
79 Edinburgh's maul has dominated proceedings in the closing stages and it's won them another penalty, Laidlaw going for goal to seal both the win and deny Munster a bonus point.
78 Desperate stuff from Munster as they unleash a series of drives into the Edinburgh half. Penalty though to Edinburgh at the breakdown, with Leonard clearing into touch.
77 PENALTY, EDINBURGH, LAIDLAW! 29-23: Penalty to Edinburgh! Laidlaw forces the knock on and now has the chance to create a six-point lead with time running out. Over it goes and now Edinburgh are tantalisingly close to pulling off a shock win.
75 Another driving maul from the hosts is proving difficult for Munster to stop. Scott crashes up in midfield but a well-executed choke tackle wins the ball back for Munster, who now have a scrum.
73 Driving maul from Edinburgh before Laidlaw kicks, Keatley's reply going into touch well inside his own half.
71 Injury concern for Munster as Zebo appears to pull a hamstring running back a kick. Edinburgh on the attack through Visser, stepping inside. Into the Munster half, Laidlaw kicks long and Keatley calls the mark before clearing long into touch.
69 TRY, EDINBURGH, VISSER! 26-23: Series of reset scrums as the turf tears up at Murrayfield. Eventually cleared by Leonard... Hanrahan is blocked by Scott after the replying kick, so the TMO is referred to - after Visser scampered away to score in the corner. Nothing wrong with the block, so try given! Edinburgh back into the lead by three points as Laidlaw converts.
67 Visitors turning the screw now as Stander carries hard into the Edinburgh half. Poor hands from Jones who spills the ball forward coming into the attack, so a scrum to Edinburgh inside their own 22.
65 PENALTY, MUNSTER, KEATLEY! 19-23: Scrum dominance from Munster yields another opportunity for Keatley who strokes the ball over.
62 Poor control from Coughlan at the base of the Munster scrum and Laidlaw jumps in to clear. Ball lost as Munster turnover the attack so we have a scrum to the hosts.
60 Sherry on at hooker for Varley as we approach the final quarter. Jones up from full-back as Munster break into the hosts' half. Smart hands across the backline as Munster reach the 22 - eight phases played now but the ball isn't coming out of that ruck, scrum to Munster on the 22 right in the middle.
58 Leonard has a grubber kick charged down! He manages to gather the loose ball ans launches a bomb which Zebo collects just outside his 22.
56 Munster attack inside Edinburghs' 22 but Cox makes up for his earlier offence with a big hit which knocks the ball from Ronan's grasp!
55 Sean Cox is blown up for holding onto the ball on the ground. Keatley kicks for touch and puts the ball out deep inside the hosts' 22.
53 PENALTY, MUNSTER, KEATLEY! Keatley regains the lead for the visitors, with a sweetly-struck three-pointer, after Scott is pinned for not releasing a tackled player on the ground.
50 Du Pree is pinned for side-entry at a ruck. Keatley kicks for touch and puts the ball out midway between the halfway mark and Edinburgh's 22.
48 Dave Kilcoyne is penalised for illegal scrummaging. Leonard kicks for touch and puts the ball out on Munster's 10-metre line.
46 Denton takes the challenge to Munster with a strong carry close to the halfway mark. Edinburgh are pinned at the next breakdown, however, when Ford holds onto the ball on the ground. Keatley kicks for touch and puts the ball out on Edinburgh's 22-metre line.
43 Edinburgh attack with their forwards but Earls does well when he wins a crucial turnover. Munster launch a counter attack and Zebo and Laulala are prominent but they lose possession when Zebo knocks on after taking a big hit from Gilchrist.
41 Keatley gets the second half started! there's confusion in the Edinburgh ranks as they fail to gather the kick but it works in their favour as the ball rolls over the dead-ball line!
40 Edinburgh 19 Munster 17
40 Munster attack close to Edinburgh's try-line where Tim Visser does well to hold up Sherry in the tackle. The referee blows his whistle to indicate half-time and the players head into the sheds. It's been a great opening half with both sides giving their all throughout. Edinburgh started brightly but Munster have fought back well and there's plenty to play for after the break.
38 Douglas Fife drops back to field a ball inside his 22 but knocks on at the critical moment!
36 Keatley finds a gap in Edinburgh's defence and is soon inside their 22. He looks for support but is brought to ground by a text-book tackle from Leonard!
34 PENALTY, EDINBURGH, LAIDLAW! 19-17. Laidlaw puts the hosts' back in front after Donnacha Ryan is pinned for straying offside!
32 Edinburgh take the ball through several phases and are soon camped inside Munster's half! Denton, Ross Ford and Scott are all prominent ball carriers and they are soon on the edge of the visitors' 22.
29 PENALTY, EDINBURGH, LAIDLAW! 16-17. Laidlaw narrows the gap to a point when he lands the penalty after Downey is penalised for not using his arms in a tackle on David Denton.
27 CONVERSION, MUNSTER, KEATLEY! 13-17. Keatley holds his nerve and adds another two-pointer for the visitors!
26 TRY, MUNSTER, SHERRY! 13-15. Munster are camped close to Edinburgh's try-line and after Coughlan and Paddy Butler are stopped short, Mike Sherry picks up and goes and barges over!
24 Munster are back on the attack inside Edinburgh's 22 but referee JP Doyle calls them back for a scrum when Ronan throws a forward pass to James Downey.
22 PENALTY, EDINBURGH, LAIDLAW! 13-10. Laidlaw puts the hosts back in front, after Earls is pinned for using his hands in a ruck.
21 CONVERSION, MUNSTER, KEATLEY! Keatley adds the extras which draws the visitors level!
20 TRY, MUNSTER, LUALALA! 10-8. Munster are on the attack, close to Edinburgh's try-line and Conor Murray throws a long pass to Casey Lualala who barges over from close quarters!
18 Edinburgh are under the cosh at a line-out just outside their 22 but Sean Cox does brilliantly when he steals the ball from a Munster throw-in!
16 PENALTY, MUNSTER, KEATLEY! 10-3. Munster open their account with a penalty from Ian Keatley after Grant Gilchrist is pinned for a ruck infringement.
15 Munster attack from a scrum midway between the halfway line and Edinburgh's 22 and Conor Murray puts Keith Earls into a gap! He makes some headway but is brought to ground by a cover tackle from Cornell du Preez.
12 PENALTY, EDINBURGH, LAIDLAW! 10-0. Laidlaw extends the home side's lead after Mike Sherry is pinned for playing the ball on the ground.
10 Conor Murray knocks on a ball at a line-out and Niall Ronan plays the ball from an offside position. Leonard kicks for touch and puts the ball out 10 metres inside Munster's half.
7 CONVERSION, EDINBURGH, LAIDLAW! 7-0. Greig Laidlaw's conversion effort goes over after bouncing in off the upright!
6 TRY, EDINBURGH, SCOTT! 5-0. Edinburgh continue to attack inside Munster's 22 and Leonard throws a long pass to Matt Scott, who gets in at the left-hand corner!
5 Edinburgh are on the attack, inside Munster's half. Matt Scott spots a half gap and takes it! He makes some progress but is brought to ground by a cover tackle from Ian Keatley.
3 Simon Zebo gathers a kick, close to the halfway line, and tries to launch an attack but he is stopped in his tracks by a big hit from Dimitri Basilaia!
1 Harry Leonard gets us underway! His kick is gathered by James Coughlan who sets up a ruck on the edge of his 22.
0 Meanwhile, Munster's most notable absentee from their line-up is captain Peter O'Mahony. O'Mahony has been integrated back in to training this week following on from his half-time replacement appearance against Leinster last Saturday but is going to be carefully eased back into action. Veteran second row Paul O'Connell will subsequently captain the side today. With O'Mahony ruled out there is one change to the pack that defeated Leinster last weekend with Paddy Butler coming into the squad and making his first Heineken Cup start this Saturday, as he joins Niall Ronan and James Coughlan in the back-row.There is one change to the back-line also with Conor Murray moving into the starting XV with Duncan Williams named in the replacements.
0 Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons has made four changes to his side for this encounter. Centre Matt Scott will make his first competitive start of the season, having recovered from the ankle injury he sustained during the off-season. He will begin the match alongside Nick De Luca, who missed last week's chance to reinstate their partnership because of a shoulder injury. Up front Grant Gilchrist comes into the second-row in place of the injured Izak van der Westhuizen (shoulder), and newly signed South African, Cornell Du Preez, makes his first start in the back-row in place of Tomas Leonardi.
0 Good day and welcome to Murrayfield for our live coverage of this Pool Six Heineken Cup opener between our hosts, Edinburgh, and Munster. Don't go away! We'll be back shortly with team news.
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