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- Pool 6
- 14th Dec 2013
- KO 15:40
- Ground: Stade Aime Giral
- Att: 11,500
Perpignan v Munster - Live
PERPIGNAN 17-18 MUNSTER
80 Great drama then at the death as USAP are left broken by that stunning score from Hanrahan, Munster retaining their lead at the top of Pool 6.
80 TRY, MUNSTER, HANRAHAN! 17-18: Shocking passes have Munster scurrying all the way back into their own half. A long way to the try line now as Hurley somehow breaks away to score and win the match! Stunning from Munster! O'Donnell with a brilliant offload and then Hanrahan turns Michel inside out to race away and score. Keatley converts.
79 Munster win a scrum off the restart outside the USAP 22 - pivotal moment now, only a try will do the visitors.
77 TRY, PERPIGNAN, BENVENUTI! 17-13: Game changer from USAP! From the scrum the hosts work the ball wide to the left and Michel fixes two defenders to release Benvenuti to score in the corner! Super try from the hosts, Allan misses a key conversion after an injury delay for Earls.
75 Munster now with a chance to extend their lead attacking in the USAP half. Over the 22 working the blindside well, but the ball is fumbled and Guitoune kicks long. Great tackle by Durand on Earls and USAP have the scrum.
73 Allan's kick looks to go over but the touch judges say no and then it goes up to the TMO... who also says no! Controversy in Perpignan as the hosts trail by a point.
72 Botha penalised so Allan puts the ball up to the Munster 22. Hurley on at full-back as Perez takes the lineout. Maul working hard for USAP and Munster bring it down, in range for Allan to kick USAP back into the lead.
68 PENALTY, MUNSTER, KEATLEY! 12-13: Match descending into a kicking battle as Keatley finds his kicking form to put the visitors ahead again.
66 Munster's turn now to press forward, but a flat pass causes problems for Laulala and the ball rolls out into touch. Disciplined defence from USAP in their own half - they now have a lineout outside their 22.
64 PENALTY, PERPIGNAN, ALLAN! 12-10: Crucial kick from the number ten puts USAP back in front. Set for a tense finish here.
62 Stolen lineout by USAP, fine carry by Votu with the ball in two hands. USAP up to the 22 and win a penalty - big chance for Allan to put them into the lead.
60 Another fine scrum from Munster wins them a penalty, Keatley clearing to touch and relieving the pressure.
59 Allan trying to get wide again but his pass is poor, landing at the feet of the receiver so the attack comes to an end. Munster scrum five metres from their line.
57 Perpignan look dangerous attacking from deep as Votu breaks more tackles. Michel gets them up to the 22, but Laulala then poaches the ball, Coughlan kicking long. Guitoune stepping his man as Allan's chip has Munster scrambling. Huge moment for the hosts who win a penalty, go quickly but the pass goes backwards! Will rejecting that chance for three points hurt them?
55 Long-range penalty by Allan falls to the left of the posts to keep Munster in the lead by a single point.
53 Coughlan rumbling for Munster but he gets up after being held in the tackle by Strokosch, conceding a penalty in the process. USAP lineout in the Munster half.
50 USAP out from under their own line after that Munster hammering and playing with freedom, but Dougall again is there to turn the ball over. USAP forced back and then Allan's kick to touch is poor.
48 PENALTY TRY, MUNSTER! 9-10: No other option for the referee there as again Munster splinter the Perpignan scrum. Keatley converts to put the visitors ahead for the first time.
47 Third scrum penalty for Munster as the referee speaks to USAP captain Narraway. The hosts are living dangerously and one more penalty might see the referee run under the posts.
45 Huge pressure from Munster winning another penalty and then a free kick. Going for the jugular.
43 Brutal scrum from Munster has USAP scrambling wildly in their own try area, Allan's pass evading everyone and rolling into touch for a Munster scrum five metres out. Big moment here.
42 Excellent start by Munster as Laulala releases Jones and Murphy to get ten metres out from the Perpignan line, before Strokosch gets over the ball and wins the hosts a scrum. Crucial intervention there.
40 Allan begins the second half for USAP, the hosts desperately needing this win to stay in the competition.
PERPIGNAN 9-3 MUNSTER
40 Keatley again wayward with the boot under the pressure of the crowd. Michel boots the ball into touch and that's the break - a feisty clash that Perpignan are edging out due to Munster's indiscipline in their own half. Kicks missed by both Allan and Keatley mean we have a finely poised second half ahead.
38 Slick lineout from USAP who then clear through Durand's box kick. Sliced kick from Jones up into the air doesn't help Munster's cause but they keep the ball, Earls running well down the right touchline. Vahaamahina comes through offside and Munster have a kickable penalty.
35 A miss this time for Allan to the left of the posts, Munster remain six points behind. Drop out from Keatley. Leo charges back with the ball into the visitors half, Votu with some space out wide and beating the first man. Ball goes into touch and Munster go quickly, kicking long to Michel. Fine carry from Terrain but Munster poach the ball and of all people Ryan kicks long and well into the corner.
34 Maul works well for Munster to get them out of the woods, crowd impatient though and then roaring as Vahaamahina wins a penalty for not releasing. Kickable for Allan who goes for goal.
32 Michel running well all game and makes metres down the right. USAP up to the Munster 22 - Guitoune and Benvenuti running out of space as Munster win a penalty for not releasing. Keatley eases the pressure by finding touch.
30 Hostile reception for Keatley as he goes for the posts, missing the kick to the left. USAP drop out and then Sheridan produces a sloppy knock on for a USAP scrum deep in Munster territory.
28 Very good scrum from Munster wins them a penalty, Keatley clears up the USAP 22. Lineout taken by O'Connell, cross-field kick from Keatley aiming for Murphy but Benvenuti is there to mark it right in the far corner. Good defence from the Italy international.
27 USAP lineout near halfway. Strokosch running hard and Allan releasing carriers as the hosts keep their momentum going. Ball lost though in a choke tackle, scrum to Munster inside their half.
25 PENALTY, PERPIGNAN, ALLAN! 9-3: Easy enough for the young Italian number ten as USAP extend their lead to six points.
24 Lineout won by Vahaamahina and then USAP win a penalty, Ryan pinged at the breakdown. Match threatening to boil over as Allan lines up a shot at goal.
22 Plenty of width from USAP as Michel and Votu carry up. Loose pass from Benvenuti and as Durand goes to recover it he's tackled high by Earls. Allan kicks into the corner.
20 Long restart from Keatley goes way too far, out in the dead ball area for a USAP scrum on halfway. Guirado on for Leo in the scrum with Terrain in the bin.
19 PENALTY, PERPIGNAN, ALLAN! 6-3: Simple strike from Allan and USAP go back in front. Both sides still down to 14 men.
17 Slick hands from USAP but the final one goes loose and is pounced on by O'Connell. Earls avoids being flung into touch as Munster press on - reaching the 22 before being turned over. Mafi breaks away and then Allan kicks ahead but is taken out to the uproar of the crowd. Penalty to USAP right in front.
16 PENALTY, MUNSTER, KEATLEY! 3-3: Ion penalised at the lineout handing Keatley a chance to level the score, which he does from wide out on the left. Beautiful strike
14 YELLOW CARDS: PERPIGNAN - TERRAIN, MUNSTER - O'MAHONY! Following their tussle on the far side, Munster's captain O'Mahony and the USAP hooker are sent to the bin. Leo lucky not to go as well for a wild swing.
14 Red mist appears to have settled as the officials try and work out who is to blame. We could be a while...
12 Free kick USAP - Durand scurrying forward. Back row working hard as USAP go over halfway. Hosts have a scrum advantage but it's boiled over on the far side, scraps now on either side of the field as temperatures boil!
10 Cleared momentarily by USAP but back come Munster, a pass from Jones nearly picked off and the ball goes forward. USAP scrum in their own half.
8 Munster win the ball off the restart and are already up the USAP 22. Poor pass though has Munster scrambling backwards, forcing Sheridan to kick but it pays off handsomely with an ideal bounce into the corner. USAP back on their own line.
7 PENALTY, PERPIGNAN, ALLAN! 3-0: All Munster early on but it's Perpignan who get the points, Allan's strike floating over. Hosts in front.
6 First moments of possession for USAP and they win a penalty at the ruck, roughly 40 metres out and Allan will take a shot at the posts.
5 Home crowd booing for obstruction by Downey on Narraway that made the hole for Dougall, and the try is then cancelled out. Penalty to USAP and Allan clears to the USAP ten-metre line.
5 Far from a perfect lineout but Munster secure possession and attack. Dougall bashes his way over for the try! Or is it? Upstairs to the TMO...
4 Good lineout take by Ryan as the Munster maul drives on. Laulala with another smart grubber and Michel is forced out into touch five metres from his line. Promising position for the Irish side.
2 Munster lineout 40 metres out. Direct running from Downey and others as Munster take the game to their hosts, Keatley wrapping around with Laulala. Into the 22, Laulala grubbers and USAP for a moment are rooted to the spot before clearing to touch. Vibrant opening from the visitors.
0 Teams out on the pitch, Peter O'Mahony and Paul O'Connell leading the way for the men in red. Flags waving as USAP run out onto the field. Keatley gets us started!
0 Sunny blue skies in this part of France as USAP look for revenge after last week's hounding at Thomond Park.
0 Munster lock Donnacha Ryan is one of four players drafted into Rob Penney's side for the clash. There's only one change in the backs as scrum-half Cathal Sheridan gets the nod ahead of Duncan Williams to replace the injured Conor Murray after impressing at the weekend. Penney has continued his rotation policy with two changes in the front-row. James Cronin and South African BJ Botha replace Irish internationals Dave Kilcoyne and Stephen Archer. Damien Varley keeps his place in the side with Shannon hooker Duncan Casey hoping to make his second Munster appearance off the bench after his cameo last time out.
0 USAP bring in Sebastien Vahaamahina behind a new front-row, with Luke Narraway captaining the team from number eight. Fly-half Tommy Allan, who made his Italy debut in the November Tests, also starts alongside scrum-half Nicolas Durand, with Richard Haughton drafted into the starting XV on the right wing.
0 Hello and welcome to the Stade Aime Giral as Perpignan host Irish visitors Munster.
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