RESILIENT Munster ended their four-game losing run against Leinster when recording an impressive 19-15 victory in their RaboDirect PRO12 lash before just over 20,000 supporters at Thomond Park this Saturday night.
Keith Earls’ first half try, from Ian Keatley’s well-placed cross-field kick, helped Munster into a 10-9 lead after a high octane, intense, opening half.
Leinster, aiming to make it three wins in a row on Munster soil, for the first time since 1971, regained the lead in the third quarter when Ian Madigan, who had earlier been sin-binned, landed his fourth penalty goal.
However, two further points from Keatley, in the final quarter guided Munster to a precious victory and helped Rob Penney’s men claim the highly cherished bragging rights that goes with these glamour fixtures.
The victory also marked the return to action of both Conor Murray and BJ Botha, both of whom were introduced as second half replacements, following injuries.
Next up for Munster is the Heineken Cup clash with Edinburgh at Murrayfield on Saturday next, October 12 at 1.35pm.
SCORERS - Munster: Keith Earls try, Ian Keatley four pens, one con. Leinster: Ian Madigan four pens, Fergus McFadden pen.
MUNSTER – Felix Jones; Keith Earls, Casey Laulala, James Downey, Simon Zebo; Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams; David Kilcoyne, Mike Sherry, Stephen Archer, Donncha Ryan, Paul O’Connell, Peter O’Mahony (capt), Niall Ronan, James Coughlan.
Replacements: (all used) Damien Varley, James Cronin, BJ Botha, Donncha O’Callaghan, CJ Stander, Conor Murray, JJ Hanrahan, Denis Hurley.
LEINSTER – Rob Kearney; Fergus McFadden, Lote Tuqiri, Gordon D’Arcy, David Kearney; Ian Madigan, Eoin Reddan; Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Mike Ross, Mike McCarthy, Devin Toner, Kevin McLaughlin, Sean O’Brien, Jamie Heaslip (capt).
Replacements: (all used) Aaron Dundon, Jack McGrath, Martin Moore, Rhys Ruddock, Dominic Ryan, Isaac Boss, Jimmy Gopperth, Luke Fitzgerald.
REFEREE – Romain Poite (France)