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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 6
- 8th Dec 2013
- KO 12:45
- Ground: Thomond Park, Limerick
- Att: 23,615
Munster v Perpignan - Live
MUNSTER 36-8 PERPIGNAN
80 TRY, PERPIGNAN, MICHEL! 36-8: USAP win a penalty at the breakdown and keep attacking looking for some consolation, which they get through Michel! The wing exploits the space down the left touchline and runs around to score in the corner. A small consolation for the French side after a tough trip to Ireland. Hook misses the conversion and that's a wrap at Thomond Park. Munster utterly dominant from start to finish and well worthy of their comfortable win. Round two next week in Perpignan.
79 TRY, MUNSTER, COUGHLAN! 36-3: The game is won but Munster opt for a scrum under the USAP posts. Chance for try number five - humongous drive with USAP back over their own line and Coughlan flops on the ball for the score! Excellent work from the Munster eight there and a fitting end to a match they have utterly dominated from start to finish.
78 Cleared through a box kick by Duvenage as Hurley runs it back for Munster. Bench working hard for the hosts as Stander and Casey make ground. O'Connell held up short in far corner. Murphy steps but is one metre short and we come back for another penalty.
76 Earls looks to over in the corner, but the final pass is being checked. Delivered by Downey but on review the pass was forward, USAP surviving for now.
74 Earls tries to spin out of a tackle but is caught high, Munster with the penalty that Hanrahan puts into the corner.
73 Benvenuti trying to release a man down the outside but the ball bounces out into touch.
71 Result very much done and dusted by Munster aren't done entertaining just yet. Great work in defence from Vahaamahina though wins USAP a scrum.
69 USAP second best all day and it only gets worse as they concede a penalty at the breakdown when on the attack. Working with 14 men for the remainder of this match as Munster clear into touch.
67 YELLOW CARD, PERPIGNAN, PULU! The replacement prop is sent to the bin as a result.
66 PENALTY TRY, MUNSTER! 29-3: There's the bonus! Munster's maul has been excellent throughout the whole match and from the second drive they get just short of the line before Pulu pulls it down. Referee Greg Garner goes under the posts believes the try would have been scored, Munster on course for the maximum as Hanrahan converts.
64 Lineout comes off and the Munster maul rumbles up towards the line. Yet another penalty to the hosts in close range, Hanrahan going back to the corner for the lineout.
62 Botha and Cronin on in the front row for Munster. Earls with a fine carry over the 22. Forwards providing the inspiration as they charge forward from ruck to ruck, before the penalty is given under the posts. Chipped into the corner by Hanrahan.
60 Lineout won by Perpignan before Earls intercepts a loose pass from Hook. Munster still searching for the bonus point as they open up their backline play. Perez knocks on trying to make a tackle for a Munster scrum.
58 Duvenage on for Ecochard and he knocks on after the lineout. Better drive at the scrum but Munster come away with it, Earls running around at the back. Ball lost though and USAP now in possession deep in their own half.
57 Brilliant try-saving tackle from Dougall in the build-up to that no-try, with Munster then winning a free kick at the scrum. Cleared to touch.
56 Ball though lands USAP's way, with Allan then clearing. Laulala runs Munster back into the visitors' half, but Varley loses the ball forward. Advantage played as USAP attack - Votu with the break before combining with Ecochard and Charteris. The giant Welsh lock is brought down short of the line but offloads to Guitoune who scores! TMO checking the final pass... it's ruled forward, a very tight call but Perpignan remain well behind.
54 Penalty to Munster, Votu not rolling away, as Hanrahan finds touch deep in the USAP 22. Big chance for Munster to grab that bonus point now.
52 Cleared by the visitors but here come Munster again, O'Mahony carrying well. Hanrahan's threaded kick doesn't come off the boot quite right and Hook has time to clear into touch, which he does with some distance on it too. Vilaceca replaced by Vahaamahina.
50 Munster win the lineout and build an attack inside the USAP half. Hanrahan chips over the defence and USAP just watch it bounce out into touch inside their 22.
48 Pulu on for Ion for USAP before this scrum. Hook's chip works well as Benvenuti looks to recover possession, but Dougall is there to turn the ball over before Perez is penalised. Keatley replaced by Hanrahan.
46 Munster in possession on halfway, looking for space. Drive from the forwards but the ball is held up by Perez and his team, handing USAP a scrum. A win at the contact area there for the French team.
44 PENALTY, PERPIGNAN, HOOK! 22-3: The visitors get on the board through Hook's second attempt.
43 Ball lands Munster's way as Keatley clears into touch. Advantage USAP's way and from that penalty inside the Munster 22, Hook goes for goal.
41 Allan trying to force a kick into the corner of the Munster 22, but his effort flies straight into touch. Misfire throw at the lineout from Munster as USAP attack. Pushing Munster back with a second kick as Sheridan is forced into touch five metres out.
40 Both teams out for the second half as Allan kicks off for USAP. Munster hunting that try bonus point.
MUNSTER 22-0 PERPIGNAN
40 No joy for Hook from out wide on the left and Munster comfortably lead at the break after an impressive performance. Their pack in particular have dictated play at both the scrum and breakdown, with Earls and Laulala looking lively. USAP desperate for a score to get back into this one. Second half coming up.
38 Ball out into touch of Murphy's arm, handing USAP a lineout on the Munster 22. Scrappy ball though and Dougall is there to pounce on it before Munster clear. USAP coming back into the Munster half, O'Connell penalised at the breakdown. Hook going for goal.
35 TRY, MUNSTER, EARLS! 22-0: Loose ball at the back of a ruck and Earls is away! Guitoune attacking but Munster were aggressive at the breakdown near the right touchline, Earls scooping up the ball and breaking away untouched. Try number three for Munster. Keatley converts from right out on the line.
33 Munster attack comes to an end on the halfway line as Downey's pass floats into touch. Eyes on the try bonus point now for the home side, but USAP aren't waving the white flag just yet.
30 Italy number ten Allan on for Lopez at fly-half. USAP flinging the ball around, Votu ever present, as the visitors reach the 22. Penalty though to Munster, another USAP attack finishing in the 22 as they're pinged for holding on, good work from Jones.
28 USAP struggling to contain the Munster pack so far as the hosts win another penalty, Keatley kicking into touch. Attacking from the lineout, Earls and Laulala again involved before the latter's pass to Murphy goes forward. USAP scrum.
25 TRY, MUNSTER, KILCOYNE! 15-0: Munster win a penalty as a result and Keatley kicks into the corner. Maul set up with advantage being played. Penalty again, Keatley electing to go into the corner. Lineout missed by O'Callaghan but taken at the tail by O'Mahony. Forwards working hard around the fringes just short of the USAP line - try given! Dave Kilcoyne goes low and gets Munster's second try of the match. Keatley's conversion goes wide.
23 Munster pressing as Laulala threads through a grubber, but it's picked up by USAP. Hook's clearance bounces favourably and Guitoune hacks on for the line only for Murphy to get there first. Relief for Munster whose clearance works out well - Lopez struggling to collect a kick as Munster pounce and attack down the left. The ball goes through the hands to Laulala, again kicking, but the former All Black is taken out after the kick. Play stopped...
20 USAP coming forward but Hook is pinged for a forward pass, meaning a Munster scrum back outside the 22 on the near side. Perpignan trying a touch too hard to get back into this game so far with risky passes.
17 Murray goes off injured for Munster, replaced by Sheridan at scrum-half. Munster scrum right under their own posts but that's a great drive that wins a penalty. Keatley clears into touch on the Munster ten metre line.
13 Penalty to USAP and Lopez hammers the ball into the corner. Carries from Votu and Charteris bring the visitors five metres out - slow ball though. Won by Munster who break through Varley, now wide right with numbers, Earls cutting inside before his ball is knocked on. Great passage from Munster as USAP get the ball back.
11 PENALTY, MUNSTER, KEATLEY! 10-0: Easy enough for the number ten from just to the left of the posts, Munster opening up a healthy lead.
10 Munster full of running early on, decoy runners blocking the defence as Jones and Murphy try and work an opportunity down the left touchline. Ball goes into touch just short of the try line so we come back for a penalty, with Keatley lining up the posts.
9 Laulala nearly making some magic happen with an arcing run into the USAP 22, but he can't get the pass away. Ball lands in touch and Munster take a quick lineout, cross-field kick to Jones but the ball evades him. Sharp thinking. Perpignan to drop out.
7 Perpignan attacking from the left to right, Perez prominent in the loose. Up to seven phases before Munster turn the ball over, Murphy kicking from 22 to 22 with Hook responding into touch. Good work from the hosts.
5 Cleared into touch deep in USAP territory by Keatley from the restart. Munster penalised at the ruck, O'Mahony guilty, as Lopez clears into touch. Promising lineout for the visitors outside the Munster 22.
3 TRY, MUNSTER, DOUGALL! 7-0: Keatley threads a kick into the corner but the bounce is unfavourable. Hook clears and Munster come right back. Huge space behind the defence as Murray breaks, combining with Murphy and Dougall for the opening score! Keatley converts.
1 Slow ball for USAP who clear through Lopez. Short kick though and Munster attack, building the phases in the USAP 22. Kick through but Ecochard covers. 22 drop out.
0 The crowd falls silent to mark the passing of Nelson Mandela. Ian Keatley of Munster to get us underway.
0 A fair wind in Ireland but none of the customary showers as yet. James Hook leads Perpignan out.
0 Wales back James Hook returns for Perpignan to skipper the visitors at Thomond Park from the full-back position. Fellow Welsh international Luke Charteris lines up in the second-row with Scot Al Strokosch named on the blindside flank. The exciting Sofiane Guitoune starts on the left wing with powerful Fijian Watisoni Votu at inside centre.
0 Munster captain Peter O'Mahony and Conor Murray are both included in the side for the first time since October. Casey Laulala returns to the side and lines up alongside James Downey in the centre positions. Laulala's inclusion means that Keith Earls moves out to the right wing with Johne Murphy coming into the side on the left wing and Felix Jones keeping his place at full-back. There are two changes in the back row with Peter O'Mahony and Sean Dougall coming into the team.
0 Hello and welcome to Thomond Park for this Pool 6 Heineken Cup clash between leaders Perpignan and Irish hosts Munster.
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