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  1. Munster into semi-finals

    Munster into semi-finals

    Munster set up a Heineken Cup semi-final showdown with Biarritz after beating Northampton 33-19 at Thomond Park in Limerick. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:80'
    • Munster
    • Northampton
    • 80' Saints looking for a late score as Reihana hled up just short. Saints take quick penalty byt Munster defence keeps them out again as clock runs down. Buckley forces turnover and Munster win game 33-19. Deserved win for the twice champions while Saints just not quite able to find their A game. Thanks for joining us.
    • 78' Stringer on for O'Leary.
    • 77' O'Gara kicks conversion from out wide and Munster good as into the semi-finals at 33-19.
    • 76' Quinlan feeds O'Leary from scrum and ball is moved quickly to Howlett who dives over for his second try to put game beyond the visitos. 31-19 Munster. Well worked try.
    • 75' Munster set up drop goal chance for Warwick but Downey gets hand to it and kick goes wide. Crucial charge down by Downey keeps Saints hopes alive.
    • 73' Scrap going on but Munster continue their attack into Saints 22, but ball is turned over and Geraghty finds a good touch. Looks like it was Flannery and Hartley involved in the argy bargy.
    • 72' Ansbro on for Clarke.
    • 71' Geraghty's introduction has made a real difference as Saints launch series of attacks deep into Munster territory. Best takes ball at speed but is suberly dispossessed by Wallace and Munster clear their lines.
    • 70' Hayes off for Buckey.
    • 70' Tonga-huia makes good yards and feeds Ashton. Saints recycle ball and set up good attacking position on Munster 22. Wilson offloads well to Mujati. Geraghty makes half break and feeds Ashton, who finds Kruger out wide and the lock is hauled into touch in right corner.
    • 68' Clarke penalised for handling in a ruck and O'Gara has shot on goal. This time he makes no mistake and puts Munster 26-19 ahead. Saints must score next.
    • 66' Geraghty on for Myler. Risky call bearing in mind Myler superb kicking on goal. Big moment for Geraghty.
    • 65' Saints unable to get out of their 22 as O'Gara pins them back again, but Hayes penalised and Myler clears up field to touch. Dickson box kick claimed by Saints and Best sets up attack, only for Munster to force turnover.
    • 62' Horan well offside but another shot on goal for O'Gara, but this time the Ireland international pulls his kick. Score remains 23-19 as game reaches final quarter.
    • 60' Great kick by O'Gara from inside his 22 moves Munster down to Saints 22m line. O'Gara showing his class and experience here and will likely look to pin Saints down in their own half. Saints charged down and Dickson penalised for pulling Horan back - lucky not to get a yellow!
    • 59' Nice break from Wilson but Saints penalied for holding on at ensuing ruck and O'Gara has shot on goal from between halfway and 10-yard line. Great kick and Munster lead back up to four points at 23-19.
    • 56' Munster penalised at restart and Saints have chance to pull back three points from boot of Myler. Lovely kick from the young fly-half as he cuts Munster lead to 20-19.
    • 55' O'Gara kicks conversion and Munster lead 20-16. How can Saints respond to what was pretty soft trty to concede?
    • 54' O'Leary takes quick ball from Quinlan and feeds de Villiers at speed and the the Springbok crashes through Myler and Downey and scores under the posrs. 18-16 Munster.
    • 52' Huge scrum from Munster edges closer to Saints line. Ref blow for reset and home side have put in again. Saints front row not expected to go backwards like that!
    • 50' Superb kick from O'Gara moves Munster to within 10m of Saints' try line. Is this the boost the home side needs to reclaim the lead? Saints win throw but fail to use it and Munster awarded put in at attacking scrum in Northampton 22.
    • 48' Munster skipper Paul O'Connell failed a fitness test ahead of the game - O'Gara is wearing the armband today - and it will be interesting to see how much the Irish miss his carrying and ledership as the game reaches the final quarter.
    • 47' Munster on the front foot but O'Gara chip ahead gathered by Saints and Myler clears lines. Good spell by Munster and Mafi looks to have added a bit of energy to their attack.
    • 44' Reihana slips and gets flattened by Mafi after poor pass from Foden. Ouch! Thankfully the Kiwi is up and running again.
    • 41' Mafi on for Dowling.
    • 41' Myler gets second started and Saints immediately pinch ball and set up attacking position in Munster half before knocking on.
    • 40 Myler lands conversion from out wide and Saints go into half-time 16-13 ahead. Munster enjoyed most of the better moments of the half but Myler kept them in touch with his boot before the late score from Clarke threw it wide open. All the play for in the second half!
    • 40' Saints pinch Munster throw and Downey sets up attack in midfield. Northampton finishing half strongly as Reihana offloads to Hartley to continue attack. Saints go through several phases before slick hands put Clarke over in the left corner. 14-13 Saints!
    • 37' Northampton show their appetitie for the game as Clarke takes quick drop out and feeds Downey, who carries play into Munster half before pass to Myler is ruled forward. Better from the visitors and just the sort of approach that could rock Munster.
    • 36' Brave catch by Reihana as the wing is dragged back into his 22. Saints clear but then concede penalty when Dowson is caught on the wrong side. O'Gara finds touch back in Saints' half as Munster look to get another score before the break.
    • 29' Saints turn to show what they can do. Ashton shows good pace as he bursts into Munster half. Quinlan again penalised and Saints have chance to add to scoreboard. Quinlan lucky to get away with just penalty as Myler makes it 13-9.
    • 28' Munster run ball from own 22 and Earls breaks free in midfield and brings play up towards halfway. Warwick also makes good ground as Munster continue to dominate possession and the scoreboard.
    • 24' O'Gara wide with conversion but Northampton are being bossed around here and will need to get their hands on the ball if they are to stop Munster opening bigger lead.
    • 23' O'Gara grubs through but Saints defence back just in time. Saints knock on and Munster attack from scrum 5m from visitors' tryline. O'Leary held up short and Wallace kept out before ball is spun to Howlett on the wing and the former All Black cuts inside Reihana to claim second try. 13-6 Munster.
    • 21' All the pressure on Northampton at the moment as Munster keep them pinned back in their 22.
    • 19' Munster on the attack again as Earls and Warwick make space for de Villiers on the right wing. Saints may have an edge in the scrum but will need to keep an eye on Munster backs who look full of running.
    • 17' Munster again infringe, looks like Flannery in the scrum this time, and another chance for Saints to get back into this game. Myler again on target and Saints now trail just 8-6. Much better from Northampton.
    • 14' Saints have had to weather an early storm from Munster but the penalty will have given them a boost as they look to work the ball through hands in Munster's half. Cross chip from Myler just evades Ashton when the fly-half should have kept ball in hands.
    • 11' Quinlan slow to roll away and Saints have first chance to get points on the board. Easy chance for Myler who cuts Munster lead to 8-3.
    • 6' O'Gara just wide with conversion but Munster have blown Northampton out of the water at the start of this game. What have the English club got in reply?
    • 5' Munster have their tails up and Warwick first has chance in left corner before he is put over in the left corner to put home side 8-0 ahead with five minutes played.
    • 1' Easy chance for O'Gara and Munster lead 3-0. Perfect start for the home side.
    • 1' O'Gara kicks off and Munster have an early chance when Northampton penalised.
  • Summary

    Munster versus Northampton
    Warwick 5’, Howlett 23’, 76’, De Villiers 54’ Tries Clarke 40’
    O'Gara 55’, 77’ Conversions Myler 40’
    O'Gara 1’, 59’, 69’ Penalties Myler 11’, 17’, 29’, 56’
      Drops  

Live Team Line-Up

  • Munster

    On the Field

    Subs

    • Holland
    • Stringer Substitution In (78′)
    • Williams
    • Mafi Substitution In (41′)
    • Buckley Substitution In (70′)
    • Ronan
    • Varley
    • Burgnaut

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • Northampton

    Captain: Dylan Hartley

    On the Field

    Subs

    • Fernandez Lobbe
    • Dickens
    • Easter
    • Geraghty Substitution In (66′)
    • Mujati Substitution In (66′)
    • Ansbro Substitution In (72′)
    • Sharman
    • Dreyer

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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