Munster v Gloucester - Live

Last updated: 19th October 2013  

Full Time MUNSTER 26-10 GLOUCESTER

80 Keith Earls races clear and crosses the line with the final act of the game but he is called back for a forward pass. It matters little as the result is already Munster's. Thanks for joining us, cheers.

79 A long break in play as Ben Morgan gets some attention from the medics. He finally rejoins for the last scrum.

77 Another Gloucester attack fizzles out under a pile of Munster bodies. The home side will feed a scrum just outside their 22. The red jerseys are in no hurry.

75 HA! Mike Tindall hands off Keith Earls like he was a little boy but the Irishman keeps coming and gets him at the second attempt. They'll have a laugh about that at full-time.

73 Gloucester are getting very loose - too loose - as they chase a try. They're actually losing ground in the face of a determined Munster defence.

71 Gloucester push hard for a score that will get them within range of a losing bonus point but Ian Keatley kills their spirits with a long touch-finder after a turnover in midfield.

Conversion69 CONVERSION, KEATLEY. 26-10. You can't see Gloucester coming back from here.

TRY67 TRY, MUNSTER, MURPHY. 24-10. That should be good enough for the win! Johne Murphy collects Keatley's perfectly-weighted cross-field kick in acres of space and he can race home untouched.

Penalty66 PENALTY, MUNSTER, KEATLEY. 19-10. We finally have the first points of the second half as Munster's pressure is finally given some reward.

64 A big scrum from Munster puts Ben Morgan under pressure as he tries to break off the back. The Munster forwards pile in and win the next scrum feed, 20m out.

63 Scintillating attacking from Keith Earls, who steps his way into some space and bursts away. Johne Murphy is up in support but his offload to Conor Murray goes to ground. The scrum-half was clear if he could just have held on!

61 Impressive scrambling defence from Munster as the Gloucester backs cut loose with some impressive offloading and clever lines. The visitors are getting some momentum at last.

57 It's been all-Munster since the interval but the hosts can't find a way to break down this Gloucester defence. Donncha O'Callaghan is penalised for not releasing, meaning Munster must start from scratch at a line-out in their own half.

55 Casey Laulala looking very dangerous once again. He steps between Mills and May but his fancy offload goes into touch.

53 Mike Tindall is penalised for pushing Felix Jones into touch without the ball as he chases Laulala's kick ahead... but Ian Keatley's shot at goal sails just wide. 16-10 it remains.

51 Gloucester clear their lines from the scrum. A few phases later Akapusi Qera finds some space after a turnover but gets thumped in centre feed and Laulala can pinch it back.

49 Brilliant work from Gloucester's Dan Robson to pounce on the ball as it pops out the side of the scrum. Ryan Mills tries to clear a few phases later but is charged down. Murray knocks on as he tries to regather.

48 Munster hammer away a few metres short of the line but the Gloucester defence holds. The ball is trapped in a ruck and Munster are lucky to be awarded the scrum feed. Great opportunity to score here for the home side as they pack down 5 metres out.

46 Ian Keatley uses the tail wind to his advantage to set up a line-out on the Gloucester 22m line.

44 Referee Jerome Garces loses patience with the Munster front row after series of collapsed scrum. Gloucester go for touch from the penalty but Donnacha Ryan steals the line-out!

42 It's Munster who have made the brighter start to the second period, Paul O'Connell in particular carrying the ball with real venom.

41 Here we go for the second half! Can Gloucester get an early score and put pressure on the hosts?

Half Time Munster 16-10 Gloucester

Penalty39 PENALTY, GLOUCESTER, BENTLEY! 16-10! Three welcome points for the Cherry and Whites as the referee spots a Munster hand in the ruck. Up steps Bentley from almost bang in front to cut the gap to six.

Conversion36 CONVERSION, MUNSTER, KEATLEY! 16-7! And that's an excellent kick from the touchline from the fly-half.

TRY34 TRY, MUNSTER, VARLEY! 14-7! The try is awarded after approval from the TMO. It was a pushover score.

33 Interesting call from Munster captain O'Mahony as he chooses to turn down three points and instead opts for the corner. They are going for the jugular here then with a five-metre line-out coming up.

31 Munster win a penalty here as the visitors are penalised at scrum time. So this will be healthy territory for the hosts, who go wide off first-phase ball to full-back Jones. This looks ominous.

28 Gloucester survive and in fact reclaim possession as Earls spills the ball after being met well by Lokotui. No doubt about it, this has been high on tempo with both teams showing willingness to run.

25 No further scores to mention but it's noticeable that Gloucester have grown in confidence since that Sharples score. However, Tindall's poor clearance off the boot is set to put pressure back on them.

Conversion18 CONVERSION, GLOUCESTER, BENTLEY! 9-7! A great kick from the touchline - a nerve settler for Bentley.

TRY16 TRY, GLOUCESTER, SHARPLES! 9-5! A slip ball from Robson finds Sharples who dives in from close range.

15 It's been an entertaining opening and none more so than then as Munster's offloading game down the left wing was followed by a Gloucester breakout that ended with Murphy running the ball into touch.

Penalty13 PENALTY, MUNSTER, KEATLEY! 9-0! Another breakdown offence from Gloucester and from a similar position to his last effort, Keatley knocks over his third penalty of the game so far. Simple points for him.

Penalty9 PENALTY, MUNSTER, KEATLEY! 6-0! The lead is doubled at Thomond Park after Mills is offside at a ruck. Keatley slots this one easily from 30 metres out in centre-field. Bentley's miss is compounded then.

7 Munster are penalised for holding on at ruck time so it is a first chance for fly-half Bentley to level matters. But it's wide from the Heineken Cup debutant as Thomas exits, replaced by Rob Cook.

Penalty4 PENALTY, MUNSTER, KEATLEY! 3-0! Good work from the pack and Gloucester eventually offend at the ruck. Munster don't get any joy out of the passage so back we come for the offence, with Keatley on target.

2 It's a superb start from Munster. O'Mahony ran well from the kick-off before breakdown work when the visitors were in possession saw the Irishmen win a kickable penalty. Ian Keatley goes for the corner.

1 The teams are out and we are good to go here. Munster - and their sixteenth man - look fired up today.

0 For Munster, Johne Murphy takes the place of the injured Simon Zebo on the wing and in the pack boss Rob Penney calls in Damien Varley, BJ Botha, Donncha O'Callaghan and Peter O'Mahony. Meanwhile, Will James captains a Gloucester side which retains just three players from last week's selection - Jonny May, Ryan Mills and Mike Tindall - as boss Nigel Davies lives up to his promise to rotate the squad.

0 Hello and welcome to another live offering of this Heineken Cup Saturday. We are in Limerick for this game as Munster host Gloucester, with the latter hoping to make it two wins from two in the pool. The Irish meanwhile will surely be reeling after losing at Edinburgh so it should be a cracking contest.

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