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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 6
- 19th Jan 2014
- KO 12:45
- Ground: Thomond Park, Limerick
- Att: 25,600
Munster v Edinburgh - Live
80 FULL TIME: MUNSTER 38-6 EDINBURGH
80 That's it! Munster win convincingly to secure a home quarter-final. James Coughlan is named man of the match. Thanks for joining us, cheers!
78 CONVERSION, KEATLEY. 38-6. Excellent kick from Keatley
76 TRY, MUNSTER, JONES. 36-6. Felix Jones gets his name on the scoreboard as Munster score try number six. After another big maul, the ball goes wide to the space on the opposite touchline. Zebo unselfishly puts his full-back over.
74 YELLOW CARD, EDINBURGH, CROSS. The penalty count was getting out of hand. Cross pays the price after he sacks the maul.
72 It's carnage behind the tryline as a chip over the top ends in some volleyball amongst the Edinburgh defenders behind the sticks. We come back for a penalty anyway, and Munster set up another line-out.
70 Edinburgh have hardly had the ball in the last 15 minutes. It's almost like a training game now as Munster fling it about with gay abandon.
67 The conversion is wide...
65 TRY, MUNSTER, ZEBO. 31-6. That's the easiest try Zebo will ever score. The pack does all the work, earning a 5m score then taking it to the line. Zebo just needs to catch the pop up and dive over in the corner from a metre out.
60 It's one-way traffic at Thomond Park. Munster are doing what they do best - turning up the heat for the last quarter.
58 CONVERSION, KEATLEY. 26-6. This could get ugly...
57 TRY, MUNSTER, O'MAHONY. 24-6. That's the fourth try and the home quarter-final! Great work from the home captain, who runs into a gaggle of tacklers after the line-out but shows great power to push through.
56 Line-out to Munster inside the Edinburgh 22. Tom Brown is lucky not to see yellow for intentionally palming the ball out under pressure.
55 JJ Hanrahan comes on for James Downey and moves to fly-half with Ian Keatley shifting to inside centre. Joaquin Dominguez is on in the Edinburgh midfield.
53 Edinburgh are back to 15 men but all the momentum is with Munster. The men in red have a real spring in their step as they seek the fourth try that will secure a home quarter-final. The result looks settled, Edinburgh won't come back from here.
50 Scrum penalty against Munster! No one expected that. Tonks clears.
48 Laidlaw gives possession away cheaply with a poor box kick. Zebo immediately starts the counter. Downey makes good ground as the red jerseys pour forward. A little chip ahead from Laulala throws a cat amongst the pigeons. There are three Edingurgh defenders to clean up but they are driven over their line. 5m scrum to Munster.
46 CONVERSION, KEATLEY. 19-6. Three tries down, one to go. All of Toulouse is cheering for Edinburgh right now...I'm not sure it'll help though.
44 TRY, MUNSTER, MURRAY. 17-6. Super try from Munster! Tommy O'Donnell makes the break, Dave Kilcoyne is stopped just short but Conor Murray arrives on the scene, spots a gap and dives over from short range.
42 A bit of kicking early on as both sides look for field position. A blistering attack from deep from Keatley and Murphy sets Munster up in the Edinburgh half...
41 Here we go for the second half. Please that these comms might be a bit haphazard as I wipe the tears from my eyes after the news that Thierry Dusautoir will miss the Six Nations due to torn biceps muscle...shocker.
MUNSTER 12-6 EDINBURGH
40 That's half time. Munster try end with a flourish but get nowhere. The home side are halfway to their bonus point and will have an extra man for the first ten minuets of the second half.
40 YELLOW CARD, EDINBURGH, DU PREEZ. The TMO is called on but Wayne Barnes makes the decision off the big screen and sends Cornell du Preez to the bin for "recklessly leading with the head" as he cleans O'Connell out of a ruck.
39 James Downey spills an easy pass, sparking a bit of kick tennis between the respective back threes. It all ends in an Edinburgh line-out on halfway.
37 Edinburgh are still camped in the Munster half. Murray feeds a scrum for the home side on their own 22. They keep it in the scrum as long as it takes to get the penalty. Keatley sends a minster kick into touch.
35 Oh! So close! Laidlaw is stopped inches short of the line. The ball is recycled but Tonks knocks on and a golden opportunity is lost.
32 Penalty against Kilcoyne at the scrum. Laidlaw finds touch. Gilchrist secures the line-out. Plenty of pressure from the visitors as they build up to 5m out...
30 Edinburgh hammering away on the half-way line, but not making any decent ground. Tonks sends one up in the air, but it comes straight down. What's the point in that? Zebo knocks it on...scrum to Edinburgh.
28 PENALTY, EDINBURGH, LAIDLAW. 12-6. Straight down the middle. The gap is just 6 points.
27 Penalty to Edinburgh for not rolling away. That was a good build up from the Scots, who are still in this game. Laidlaw lines it up.
25 A stop in play here as Keith Earls gets some attention from the medics on what looks like a bad knee injury. He had just ripped the ball away from Roddy Grant. Earls is off! On comes Simon Zebo.
23 CONVERSION, KEATLEY. 12-3. Easy extras.
22 TRY, MUNSTER, MURPHY. 10-3. That's a soft try. Murray's pop pass from the back of the scrum finds a flying Johne Murphy, who cuts inside and races past the side of the scrum, through huge gap left by Denton to score.
20 Another scrum, another penalty. Edinburgh are playing with fire here. The ground is churning up a bit as Wayne Barnes moves the mark.
18 The penalties are stacking up against Edinburgh here as Munster ply the pressure. Twice Munster choose the scrum from the penalty...
15 Almost a heal against the head as we scrum down just inside the Edinburgh 22. Damian Varley hooks Laidlaw's feed but it bounces out the side of the scrum so we'll pack down again. Another scrum and the penalty goes to Munster. They kick for the corner, chasing the second of the four tries they need.
13 Trouble here for Edinburgh as Munster start a driving maul just outside the visitors' 22. Munster looking threatening and physical up front. Good defence from Edinburgh though as it goes wide, Cornell du Preez putting in a big hit on James Downey.
11 Keatley's conversion attempt bounces off the upright. 5-3 it remains.
10 TRY, MUNSTER, COUGHLAN. 5-3. What a reply from Munster, who score directly from the restart! Paul O'Connell brilliantly gathers the kick-off, a few phases later and James Coughlan runs a great line out wide to cut through a handful of defenders to score! Poor defending from Edinburgh....
8 PENALTY, EDINBURGH, LAIDLAW. 0-3. The first scrum ends in a penalty to the visitors and Laidlaw finds the mark from out wide.
5 It's all Edinburgh so far. Dave Denton doing well up the centre of the field. Excellent defence from Munster however as they force the turnover out wide as Felix Jones holds it up.
3 LAIDLAW MISS! Greig Laidlaw misses a chance to put the visitors in front as he pushes his penalty attempt wide. Munster penalised for pulling down the line-out.
2 Here we go! Greig Tonks kicks us off. Munster take it in, Murray sends it high. Denton takes in the air but is caught in the air by Murphy. Edinburgh kick for the corner from the penalty.
Meanwhile, table-topping Munster name a strong side for Sunday's clash as they look to close out the pool stages. The back row of skipper Peter O'Mahony, Tommy O'Donnell and James Coughlan is retained having impressed for much of the season, while British and Irish Lion Conor Murray starts at scrum-half. The pack is bolstered by veteran second-row Paul O'Connell's presence, while Keith Earls continues on the right wing. JJ Hanrahan settles for a spot on the bench with Ian Keatley preferred at fly-half.
Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons names an unchanged side for Sunday's Heineken Cup clash with Munster at Thomond Park. Solomons has reselected the entire match-day 23 that defeated Top 14 side Perpignan at Murrayfield last Saturday (26-17) to set up the chance to progress to the last eight of the Challenge Cup.
Hello and welcome to Thomond Park as Munster take on Edinburgh in Pool 6.
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Munster were last crowned PRO12 champions in 2011 and since then have seen their fierce rivals Leinster leading the way as far as the Irish teams are concerned.
So much can change in a week of sporting action and, sure enough, there have been plenty of highs and lows over the past seven days.
Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com