Guinness PRO14 Saturday wrap: Leinster triumph over Munster to make final in Dublin

Will Thompson
20 May 2018

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European champions Leinster held on to defeat Munster by a single point at the RDS Arena to head to the final at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin next week.

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The visitors scored in the final few minutes to set up a climactic finish but Leinster’s defence held strong to keep their hopes of a double this season alive.

  • Leinster went ahead early on with a try by Jack Conan after some powerful running by James Lowe
  • Ross Byrne and JJ Hanrahan exchanged penalties to make it 10-3 at the break
  • Keith Earls touched down in the corner after half time to spark hope for Munster
  • Another penalty from Byrne and one more from Joey Carbery put Leinster eight points clear with five minutes to play
  • Munster refused to lie down and Conor Murray’s quick tap-penalty in front of the posts led to Gerbrandt Grobler driving the ball into the bottom of the posts
  • Ian Keatley converted to close the gap to one point with one minute to play, but Leinster held out and will face Scarlets in Dublin next week in search of Guinness PRO14 glory

What They Said:

Man of the Match Leinster winger James Lowe said: “It was exhilarating wasn’t it! Munster are huge rivals, they came here definitely with something to prove because we’re up 2-0 this year. They had a week off to prepare for us and they brought everything and congrats to them.

“We celebrated (the European win) as well as we could, we had a good Sunday together, the fans came out to celebrate it with us but after that it was back to work Monday. We reviewed our game against Racing, we previewed Munster and that was it, it was water under the bridge, we have another cup to go for.

“It’s been a very long season, Scarlets are here with something to prove, for them it was definitely something they were targeting.”

Munster captain Peter O’Mahony said: “Fair play to Leinster I thought they were very good. Obviously we left a couple of opportunities out there but I thought their defence was excellent, their discipline was excellent so they deserved the win.

“There were definitely moments where the detail wasn’t accurate and wasn’t good enough, but our passing and some of our skill play wasn’t good enough. But I thought the boys fought really well, to go eight points down and come back and score a try quickly, there was a lot of pride and that’s the most important thing.

“It’s got to take more, you see the standard that Leinster are setting in Europe and in this competition, it’s going to take that bit more from us.”

 

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