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Gloucester v Munster - Live
80 GLOUCESTER 7-20 MUNSTER
80 O'Connell rightly named Man of the Match as Burns knocks on, Keatley kicking forwards. Sharples gathers and just boots the ball out, Gloucester exhausted having found next to no joy out of the Munster defence. The Irish side simply worked hard as a unit and were never truly tested to their limits, putting in a commanding performance through Keatley and O'Connell. Munster are through to the quarter finals.
80 Ball hacked on by Zebo as the Ireland international comes off the bench, but Sharples beats him to the ball. Penalty Gloucester and Burns kicks into the corner for the final play.
79 Free kick to Gloucester at the scrum who tap and go. Advantage played so Burns tries a chip that doesn't come off. Back for the penalty, Gloucester rumbling on again.
77 Gloucester not giving up as they again run the ball back but Munster's way, but there's simply no way through the blue wall. Another choke tackle from Munster, another Munster scrum and it's no surprise to see O'Connell stand up from the bottom of the pile. He's been outstanding.
74 More Gloucester pressure in the Munster half. Pass spilled by Morgan though, another scrum. The whole game has been a showcase of solid Munster defence and poor execution from Gloucester.
72 Penalty for Gloucester who kick to the corner. Rolling maul with Morgan at the base but the ball is turned over, more frustration for the ever-frustrated fans in The Shed. Scrum to Munster.
70 PENALTY, MUNSTER, KEATLEY! 7-20: Simple strike by Keatley who has had a fine game for Munster. Victory now look secure.
68 Gloucester trying to counter ruck but they lose their footing and concede another penalty, this time kickable. Keatley looks to the sticks.
65 Murray gets away a box kick despite good pressure from Kvesic. Gloucester running it back and again build the phases deep in Munster territory. Ultimately, after multiple phases of going side to side, Munster get the penalty.
63 Bundling run from Monahan gets Gloucester into the Munster 22. Sharples trying to work space on the outside but the gaps closes up. Gloucester two metres out, wide ball from Morgan to May and Munder bundle him into touch. Five metre lineout for Munster.
61 TRY, MUNSTER, O'MAHONY! 7-17: But Munster can't be kept out for long. O'Mahony gets under the defender after a rumbling scrum makes ground, with the Ireland flanker too difficult to stop. Breathing space for Munster now as Keatley converts.
58 Murray pounces on the Gloucester scrum and his pass to O'Donnell is patted down by Morgan to prevent a try.
56 Earls breaks down the right touchline and Keatley's grubbers forces Robson to clear to touch. Second surge from Munster who are winning the territorial battle here as Jones takes his own up and under. Knocked on though by the visitors.
53 Gloucester lineout is both not straight and then knocked on, which sums up their execution at times nicely. Munster scrum back in their half.
50 Munster penalty at the ruck after more great work from the ageless O'Connell. Kalamafoni and Morgan on for Gloucester as Keatley finds a good touch.
48 Scrum to Munster on the halfway line after Gloucester made good yardage attacking the wide channels from deep in their 22, before eventually losing possession. Free kick to Gloucester, Burns unleashing the backs wide as Twelvetrees gets in the Munster 22.
46 Solid scrum from Gloucester but Thomas can't make his quick pass work and the ball is lost, Munster clearing their lines.
45 Gloucester working hard as Robson's inside flick to May nearly comes off. Munster knock on though means we'll have a scrum five metres out.
43 Gloucester attacking outside the Munster 22. Tackle on Twelvetrees looks high but nothing coming yet as Thomas breaks. Phase count goes over ten as the hosts keep driving around the fringes, loose pass from Sharples causing problems but Gloucester press on. Chip over from Burns and Jones is forced into touch five metres out.
41 Second half underway but we've stopped immediately with a serious injury to a Gloucester player. Mid-air collision and Stooke comes off badly. Slow to get up, Gloucester penalty and Burns clears.
40 GLOUCESTER 7-10 MUNSTER
40 TRY, GLOUCESTER, SHARPLES! 7-10: Fine response from Gloucester as they bag a try before the break! Started by Thomas and Monahan, Robson ran outside the defenders and made the overlap for Sharples, who cut inside and outpaced the tacklers for the score. Twelvetrees converts and Gloucester are back in it. Munster have more or less the dominated first 40 but only lead by three at the break. If they win today, they qualify for the knockout stages.
37 Keatley's strike comes back off the base of the post, Thomas clears for Gloucester. High from Keatley and the ball bounces for Stooke. Chip over from Burns is gathered by Munster who are then driven back towards their 22, but they win the scrum.
35 Munster scrum on the halfway line. Straight penalty to the visitors, 50 metres out but Keatley is lining up the attempt at goal.
32 TRY, MUNSTER, EARLS! 0-10: Munster lineout and the Irish side attack. Beautiful low kick through from Keatley down the right touchline bounces up for Earls who scores! That's the opening try, great offloading from O'Connell and O'Donnell in the build up and an ideal bounce for Earls to score. Keatley converts.
30 Gloucester working the ball from side to side before eventually cracking the Munster 22. Visitors though again win a penalty when it matters in defence. Puafisi down receiving treatment.
28 Long phase of Munster possession before Keatley drills a kick low into the 22. Monahan running across field and he's cut down, Munster turning over the ball. Chip from Murray has Robson scrambling and he gets there but is under pressure. Penalty to Gloucester though, who will clear.
26 Kicking duel appears to be won by Keatley but his clearance bounces too far and Gloucester will drop out. They try to go quick through May but are pinned back towards their own 22. Good carry from Puafisi again but the ball is turned, loose ball from Murray though forces Earls back. Munster back over halfway.
24 Twelvetrees misses his second kick at goal. More frustration for the home crowd.
23 Penalty to the hosts this time, Robson making a dart and Munster then infringing at the breakdown. Straight shot at goal for Twelvetrees.
22 PENALTY, MUNSTER, KEATLEY! 0-3: Simple strike from Keatley puts the visitors in front.
20 Collapsed maul, Keatley trying to work the advantage with a cross-field kick but it doesn't come off so we come back for the penalty.
19 Lineout to O'Connell, before Downey and Murphy make metres. Munster moving up to the 22. Superb chip from Keatley forces Robson to carry the ball into touch. Five metre lineout for Munster.
17 Scrum penalty this time to Gloucester, who kick into the Munster half. Puafisi makes good ground continued by Stooke, but Munster win the penalty at the breakdown. Another attack cut short.
15 Promising lineout position for Munster but the ball is not straight, despite O'Connell's best efforts to bring the ball in. Gloucester scrum in their own half.
12 Munster scrum now on halfway. Away on the second attempt and a fine Keatley kick pins Gloucester back into the corner.
10 Twelvetrees fails to land the long-range penalty, so we remain scoreless. Munster to drop out.
9 No problems for Gloucester though running from deep. Sharples and May combine to make several metres before the hosts win a penalty at the breakdown.
7 Powerful scrum from the visitors wins them a penalty and Keatley clears to touch. Ominous early sign for Gloucester.
5 Fine grubber from Robson again pins Munster back, but Murray responds with a box kick. Run from Burns into traffic ends in a knock on and Munster will have a scrum on their 22.
4 Another excellent maul from Munster gains metres. Good aggression from the hosts at the breakdown and Gloucester kick through, Keatley getting back to touch down. Munster to drop out.
3 Solid set-piece work from Munster but Murray's box kick isn't the best, won bu Gloucester outside the 22. Penalty to the visitors, Gloucester pinged for holding on. Keatley clears.
2 High kick safely gathered by Jones and Keatley clears. Smart kick from Thomas pins Munster back into their 22.
Freddie Burns gets the match underway.
A dry night in Gloucester as Munster ran out onto the field. The hosts have endured a torrid campaign so far but this fixture has great history.
Munster boss Rob Penney has made six changes to the side beaten by Ulster with Conor Murray the most notable inclusion, winning his 50th cap in his first appearance since injuring his knee against Perpignan five weeks ago. Hooker Damien Varley retains his place in the starting XV despite limping off at Ravenhill with a foot injury but it's not as bad as first feared and Varley is fit to start. Aside from Murray, there are three other changes in the backs with Keith Earls, Johne Murphy and James Downey all returning to the side.
Irish wing Shane Monahan will make his Heineken Cup debut against Munster as Gloucester make six changes. In the back line, Jonny May moves from the left wing in to outside centre and Dan Robson gets the nod at scrum half. Meanwhile, in the pack, Yann Thomas and Darren Dawidiuk are selected at loose head and hooker respectively while Gareth Evans, will start at number eight. Evans replaces Ben Morgan who has battled to overcome a knock picked up against Saracens, and who will line up amongst the replacements. Also back in the matchday squad for the first time in several weeks is Tongan international Sione Kalamafoni, back after injury.
Hello and welcome to Kingsholm as struggling Gloucester host Pool 6 leaders Munster.
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