Leicester Tigers v Munster

Munster will put the old adage - No one beats Leicester twice - to the test at Welford Road

Eamon Donoghue Sun, Dec 17
 
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  • 16:53

    Hello and Welcome . . . Munster look to put to bed the old adage - no one beats Leicester twice - at Welford Road this afternoon. In the 18 seasons since these back-to-back rounds were introduced in the 1999-2000 season the Tigers have not lost twice.

    And we'll have all the latest updates right here as Johann van Graan’s team aim to do exactly that, and make it four from four for the Irish provinces in Europe this weekend.

    Be sure to get in touch throughout our coverage, via either the comments section ('Contact Us' tab) or on Twitter (@DonoghueEamon).

  • 16:57

    CHAMPIONS CUP – POOL 4

    Sunday:  Leicester  Tigers v  Munster  Rugby

    Kick-off:  5.30.  Venue:  Welford Road.  On TV:  Live on BT Sport.

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    LOWDOWN:

    Previous meetings:  Pl 9 Leicester 5 wins. Munster 4 wins. (2001-02, final) Leicester 15 Munster 9. (2002-03) Leicester 7 Munster 20. (2006-07) Leicester 19 Munster 21, Munster 6 Leicester 13. ((2015-16) Munster 19 Leicester 31, Leicester 17 Munster 6. (2016-17) Munster 38 Leicester 0, Leicester 18 Munster 16. (2017-18) Munster 33 Leicester 10.

    Results so far:  Leicester _ 18-22 v Racing (a) 54-29 v Castres (h), 10-33 v Munster (a). Munster _ 17-17 v Castres (a), 14-7 v Racing (h), 33-10 v Leicester.

    Leading try scorers:  Leicester _ Telusa Veainu, Jonny May 3 each. Munster _ Simon Zebo 2.

    Leading points scorers:  Leicester _ George Ford 30. Munster _ Ian Keatley 17.

    Betting  (Paddy Power): 4/5 Leicester, 14/1 Draw, 11/4 Munster. Handicap odds (Munster + 1pt) 10/11 Leicester, 25/1 Draw, 10/11 Munster.

    Referee:  Mathieu Raynal (France).

    Forecast: Leicester to win.

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    <br />A look at how things currently stand in the pool . . .

    A look at how things currently stand in the pool . . .
  • 17:14

    The Munster team news sees Andrew Conway and Rhys Marshall both miss out as they complete return to play protocols. Darren Sweetnam comes in for Conway on the wing as Kevin O’Byrne makes his first European start.


    The fit again Keith Earls and Niall Scannell return to the matchday squad.  


    Leicester meanwhile welcome back centres Matt To’omua and Manu Tuilagi. Australia international hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau, who arrived in Leicester this week, is included among the replacements.


    LEICESTER TIGERS:  Matthew Tait; Adam Thompstone, Manu Tuilagi, Matt To’omua, Jonny May; George Ford, Ben Youngs; Kyle Traynor, Tom Youngs (c), Dan Cole, Michael Fitzgerald, Graham Kitchener, Tino Mapapalangi, Mike Williams, Sione Kalafamoni.  Replacements:  Tatafu Polota-Nau, Logovii Mulipola, Chris Baumann, Dom Barrow, Luke Hamilton, Sam Harrison, Joe Ford, Nick Malouf .


    MUNSTER:  Simon Zebo; Darren Sweetnam, Sam Arnold, Rory Scannell, Alex Wootton; Ian Keatley,  Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Kevin O’Byrne, Stephen Archer, Jean Kleyn,  Billy Holland, Peter O’Mahony (c), Chris Cloete, CJ Stander.  Replacements:  Niall Scannell, Brian Scott, John Ryan, Darren O’Shea, Jack O’Donoghue, Duncan Williams, JJ Hanrahan, Keith Earls.

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  • 17:23

    There's plenty of pre-match reading on the homepage for you, including Gavin Cummiskey's interview with Leicester assistant coach Geordan Murphy.  

    "The twiggy teenager who skipped over on trial after slipping through those porous early cracks in the Irish academy system. Leicester refused to let him leave. His first landlady was Martin Johnson’s mum . . . " Read it in full here.  

    Or Gerry Thornley's interview with Billy Holland who will be playing in his 16th European Cup game in a row today. It's not always been that way though . . .

    "There was one stage when I came very, very close to leaving and I tossed a coin and it landed on ‘leave’. So I tossed it another 25-30 times and that itself gave me the answer I was looking for.” Read that article here.

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  • 17:28
    We're less than five minutes from kick-off as the teams come out on to the pitch. Here's a reminder of last weekend's 33-10 win for Munster at Thomond Park. Read that match report here . . .
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  • 17:32
    Leicester 0 Munster 0 (1') George Ford gets us underway, Munster gather and Sam Arnold is quickly driven out of touch with a big hit from Adam Thompstone. Leicester win a penalty from the lineout and Ford will go for the posts . ..  
  • 17:33
    Leicester 3 Munster 0 (2')  The England outhalf nails it from a fairly tricky angle. Big start from the Tigers
  • 17:34
    Leicester 3 Munster 0 (3')  Ian Keatley restarts for Munster. Leicester gather and clear their lines. Zebo collects and makes a break but Keatley is turned over on halfway and Leicester come again
  • 17:37
    Leicester 3 Munster 0 (5')  Another knock on from Keatley after Kevin O'Byrne's first lineout throw - in his first European start this afternoon -  is a good one. Munster win the scrum though and Keatley kicks deep into the corner. Making ammends.
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    Leicester 3 Munster 0 (8')  Munster's lineout maul makes good yardage. Ben Youngs then comes in from the side and gives Munster a penalty under the posts
  • 17:41
    Leicester 3 Munster 3 (10')  Keatley slots it. Level game after the first 10 minutes
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    Leicester 10 Munster 3 (13')TRY!  Good work by Dan Cole on the breakdown as Munster concede a penalty for holding on. Ford kicks to the corner. The Leicester lineout is solid, before Matt Tait finds a gap and slips through it then runs under the posts.


    Ford converts.

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    Leicester 10 Munster 3 (15')  Leicester come in from the side to give Munster a penalty on halfway. The visitor's lineout is solid and Keatley chips in behind but Jonny May gathers and clears to the 10m line

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    Leicester 10 Munster 3 (17')  Dan Cole to the fore again as Leicester force the penalty from Munster's lineout maul. Ford then kicks for touch into the Munster half

  • 17:52

    Leicester 10 Munster 3 (20')  Another solid lineout from O'Byrne and Munster. They work it out to Sweetnam on the 10m line, and back across but Alex Wootton hands possession over with a mishit kick. Ben Youngs then clears to safety

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    Leicester 10 Munster 3 (22')  Munster win their lineout and edge inside the Leicester 22. Conor Murray chips into the corner but Leicester gather. It's back for a Munster penalty

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    Leicester 10 Munster 6 (24')  Keatley opts for the posts and makes it two from two with another straightforward effort.

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    Leicester 10 Munster 6 (24') Sweetnam catches the restart and Conor Murray clears just inside the Leicester half.  

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    Leicester 10 Munster 6 (26')  Leicester go through the phases before Mike Williams' pass is overthrown. Munster take the lineout quickly and Chris Cloete makes a big break but he knocks on approaching the Leicester 22. Leicester clear their lines again

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    Leicester 10 Munster 6 (28') Another good Munster lineout, Keatley then floats a beautiful crossfield kick to Sweetnam. But he takes it flat footed and is driven out of touch

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    Leicester 10 Munster 6 (30') Mistakes all round in the increasingly greasy conditions. Munster have a penalty in their own half after Graham Kitchener clears Conor Murray out after he had kicked clear

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    Keatley again goes for distance and Munster have a lineout inside the Leicester 22
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    Leicester 10 Munster 6 (32') Munster with posession and the advantage, beating at the Leicester line, but Keatley knocks on and it's brought back for a penalty - Munster's ninth so far.

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    Leicester 10 Munster 9 (33') Three from three for Keatley. Under the posts again, he'll take them all day long.

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    Leicester 10 Munster 9 (34') Scannell gathers the restart, one carry and Murray clears to halfway.

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    Leicester 10 Munster 9 (34') Leicester lose control of the greasy ball and Scannell fly hacks into the corner. Tait does brilliantly well however to collect and make a break. A let-off for Leicester

  • 18:13
    Leicester 10 Munster 12 (38') Leicester are offside - penalty number nine and Peter O'Mahony is having words with the referee. Keatley nails his fourth from four and the visitors are ahead for the first time
  • 18:14
    Another Leicester penalty and Dan Cole receives a yellow card. After their 10th penalty (Dan Cole individually has given away five penalties)
  • 18:15
    Leicester 10 Munster 12 (40') One last push from Munster before the interval. Another solid lineout and maul - and another penalty.
  • 18:16
    Conor Murray is taking the kick at the posts. From a tight angle on the right . . .   but it tails off wide
  • 18:18
    HT Leicester 10 Munster 12 Leicester got off to the perfect start but Munster have been so efficent and controlled. Without having to do too much they lead, the host's indiscipline has cost them dearly.
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  • 18:32
    Leicester 10 Munster 12 (40')  Ian Keatley gets the second half back underway
  • 18:33
    Leicester 10 Munster 12 (40') Zebo knocks on under the up and under. Leicester break away quickly but Tait's chip through is overhit and out of play
  • 18:34
    Leicester 10 Munster 12 (41') Munster scrum is worked back to Keatley who kicks long, Tait returns it and finds touch to give Munster a lineout on halfway
  • 18:36
    Leicester 10 Munster 12 (43') O'Mahony steals the lineout. Then Murray makes a brilliant break but is held up just short. The forwards arrive then and seem to drive it over. TMO called for review . . .
  • 18:37
    Leicester 10 Munster 19 (43') TRY awarded.  That was CJ Stander who crossed over. Keatley converts. Munster in control
  • 18:38
    Leicester 10 Munster 19 (43') Stander claims the restart and Munster keep it in hands before Zebo is bundled out of touch on halfway
  • 18:41
    Manu Tuilagi knocks on in space at the end of a beautiful chip through by Ford. Munster scrum on halfway
  • 18:42
    Leicester 10 Munster 19 (47') Another good scrum. Munster chip inside and Jonny May gathers before making a brilliant counter break. He kicks ahead but Chris Cloete does so well to get back and gather before Murray kicks clear
  • 18:43
    Serious pace shown by Cloete there
  • 18:44
    Leicester 10 Munster 19 (49') Leicester lineout is good and they quickly work it inside the Munster 22.  
  • 18:45
    Advantage Leicester but the Munster line holding firm
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    Youngs goes wide to Thompstone but too wide and it's back for the advantage
  • 18:46
    Leicester 13 Munster 19 (51') Leicester and George Ford opt for the three points and then take them
  • 18:47
    Leicester restored to 15 players as Dan Cole comes back in
  • 18:49
    Leicester 13 Munster 19 (54') Keatley kicks form halfway straight into touch after a number of phases which didn't seem to be going anywhere
  • 18:51
    After a number of phases and strong Munster defence Leicester knock on, and Munster clear via Wootton - which comes off a Leicester foot giving Munster the lineout
  • 18:52
    Leicester 13 Munster 19 (56') O'Mahony claims the lineout but holds on. Ford bombs the resultant penalty right into the corner. Pressure building
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    Munster win the Leicester lineout - Tatafu Polota-Nau's first since coming in - but knock on
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    Leicester 13 Munster 19 (58') Good Leicester scrum, they are well inside the Munster 22 and looking menacing
  • 18:57
    Munster penalty awarded for a knock on. But referee asks upstairs and a cynical hand from John Ryan is spotted. Yellow card for the Munster man who is just on the field, and Leicester penalty awarded
  • 18:59
    Leicester 16 Munster 19 (61') George Fords floats that over. Three point game and Munster down to 14 at such a crucial period
  • 18:59
    Jean Kleyn does brilliantly to gather Keatley's restart
  • 19:00
    The Munster outhalf attempts a drop goal, but it's way off
  • 19:01
    Leicester restart quickly. Zebo gathers and is nailed late after his up and under. Penalty Munster
  • 19:02
    Leicester 16 Munster 19 (64') Keatley kicks to the left and wide. His first miss of the match, a poor one
  • 19:04
    Leicester 16 Munster 19 (66') CJ Stander penalised for holding on. Ford kicks into the corner and Munster under more pressure entering the final 15 minutes
  • 19:06
    Leicester 16 Munster 19 (66') Leicester knock on. Keatley hacks far and clear. Zebo and Wootten follow up and drive Tait out of touch on the Leicester 10m line
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  • 19:07
    Munster lineout is a good one but Scannell knocks on in contact
  • 19:08
    Some foot tennis ends with a brilliant kick from George Ford in to the Munster 22
  • 19:10
    Leicester 16 Munster 19 (70') Munster back to 15 men as John Ryan comes back in. Leicester in possession on halfway
  • 19:11
    Leicester conceded 10 points when down to 14. Munster conceded nothing during that period without John Ryan
  • 19:11
    Brilliant work by Peter O'Mahony to force a turnover and win Munster a penalty in front of the posts
  • 19:12
    Leicester 16 Munster 22 (74') Keatley makes no mistake this time
  • 19:14
    Leicester 16 Munster 22 (74')  Sione Kalafamoni knocks on after a big tackle form Jack O'Donoghue. Munster have the ball inside the Leicester half
  • 19:15
    Zebo kicks into the corner and the follow on pressure forces Tait to run into touch. But the Munster lineout isn't straight. Leicester scrum  
  • 19:16
    Leicester 16 Munster 22 (76')  Excellent break from Tuilagi but CJ Stander forces a penalty for holding on. Keatley has the chance now to put nine in it
  • 19:18
    Leicester 16 Munster 25 (78')  Keatley nails it. Two scores needed by the hosts to turn this around
  • 19:19

    Leicester claim the restart but knock on in contact and Munster have possession just inside their own 10m line. Conor Murray kicks it into the stands.

    *Peter O'Mahony named as man of the match

  • 19:21
    Leicester 16 Munster 25 (80') Leicester's last chance - via a powerful Tuilagi break - ends with a sloppy pass allowing Zebo to hack it out of play. And that's that.
  • 19:22
    FT Leicester 16 Munster 25 -  For the first time ever Leicester have been beaten in back to back European fixtures. Huge result for Munster.  
  • 19:23

    Peter O'Mahony: "It's a massive result for us. We know the history we have with Leicester. It's bloody hard to get a result here, it's been 11 years.

    "We knew going out here it wasn't going to be easy and we had to knuckle down."

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  • 19:28

    So that's that. Four wins from four for the Irish provinces this weekend. It wasn't pretty, but Munster were efficient and deserved their win. The two yellow cards proved crucial - Leicester conceded 10 points when down to 14, Munster conceded nothing after theirs.

    Leicester finally beaten back to back, and by their old rivals too. Match report from Gerry Thornley at Welford Road to follow. Until then, thanks for joining us.  

    @DonoghueEamon  

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    FT Leicester 16 Munster 25