Munster v Edinburgh

Johann van Graan's side go in search of a semi-final place against Leinster

Ruaidhrí Croke Sat, May 5
 
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  • 14:30

    Good afternoon and welcome! It's Pro14 playoff time with Munster bidding for a semi-final place against Edinburgh at Thomond Park. My name is Ruaidhrí Croke and I'll be with you for the afternoon as Leinster find out who their semi-final opponents are. You can get involved by using the 'Contact Us' button at the top of the blog.


    Team news and build-up on the way!

  • 14:31

    MUNSTER:  Simon Zebo; Andrew Conway, Sammy Arnold, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; JJ Hanrahan, Conor Murray; James Cronin, Rhys Marshall, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland; Peter O’Mahony (capt), Jack O’Donoghue, CJ Stander.

    Replacements:  Mike Sherry,  Dave Kilcoyne, Ciaran Parker, Gerbrandt Grobler, Robin Copeland, James Hart, Ian Keatley, Darren Sweetnam.

    EDINBURGH  Blair Kinghorn; Dougie Fife, Mark Bennett, Chris Dean, Duhan van der Merwe;    Jaco van der Walt, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne; Jordan Lay, Stuart McInally (capt), Simon Berghan; Ben Toolis, Grant Gilchrist; Magnus Bradbury, Jamie Ritchie, Bill Mata.  

    Replacements:  Neil Cochrane; Allan Dell; WP Nel; Lewis Carmichael; Cornell du Preez; Nathan Fowles; Duncan Weir; James Johnstone.

  • 14:47
  • 14:51

    So, Munster's ultimate goal of European success came to an end a few weeks ago but there is still silverware on offer.

    Howeveer, as Gerry Thornley writes, it can be hard for the Red Army faithful to get up for a Pro14 game like a Champions Cup game.

    Munster’s seasons are defined by their exploits in Europe.

    Since their run to the 2000 final, it’s been ever thus. Their Holy Grail. Their Magnificent Obsession. Come a big week in Europe, the province comes alive. If at home, Thomond Park becomes a citadel. If abroad, the Red Army pitches up. But there’s a flip side.

    No quarter given as Munster sense rare chance of silverware

  • 15:06

    Just 10 minutes now until kick-off in what will, of course, be Simon Zebo's farewell before he heads for France.

    Read Gerry Thornley's preview below.

    Opportunity knocks for Hanrahan - and Munster

  • 15:14
    The teams are on the pitch and we're nearly ready to go!
  • 15:16
    1 min: We're underway at Thomond!  (Munster 0 Edinburgh 0)
  • 15:18
    2 mins: Munster are on the front foot from the start and Keith Earls gets an early run at the visiting defence but to no avail. Edinburgh take possession.  (Munster 0 Edinburgh 0)
  • 15:22

    5 mins: It's a quiet Thomond Park today with the Red Army faithful seemingly unable to get up for a semi-final qualifier as they do for a European game.

    On the pitch Munster have got the first penalty of the game after some good work from Cronin at the breakdown. Hanrahan kicks for touch and Munster have the lineout on halfway.  (Munster 0 Edinburgh 0)

  • 15:24
    7 mins: Some good kicking from Hanrahan in the early stages. Another placed kick into touch has given Edinburgh a lineout inside their 22. Munster could steal this.  (Munster 0 Edinburgh 0)
  • 15:25

    TRY FOR MUNSTER!

    MUNSTER 5 EDINBURGH 0

  • 15:27
    10 mins: And they do exactly that! A very poor throw is way too long and lands in the arms of Rhys Marshall who barrels his way through the Edinburgh defenders to go over for a try. Hanrahan converts.  (Munster 7 Edinburgh 0)
  • 15:32
    14 mins: Edinburgh looked through to score there but Munster recovered well, causing Simon Berghan to fumble after some excellent link up play from Duhan van der Merwe and Mark Bennett.  (Munster 7 Edinburgh 0)
  • 15:37
    17 mins: Edinburgh are getting on the front foot now and knocking on the door. Some good cover from Zebo stopped a try just now but the visitors are back on the attack.  (Munster 7 Edinburgh 0)
  • 15:39
    19 mins: Edinburgh's pressure pays off with a penalty from Sam Hidalgo-Clyne and the visitors are off the mark.  (Munster 7 Edinburgh 3)
  • 15:44
    24 mins: Since Munster scored that try it's been pretty much all Edinburgh and their hard work is paying off. Another penalty from Hidalgo-Clyne splits the posts and there's no only a point in it.  (Munster 7 Edinburgh 6)
  • 15:50
    28 mins: Finally some positives for Munster. Some excellent work from Ciaran Parker breaks up an Edinburgh ruck in their own half and earns Munster a penalty. However, Hanrahan's kick swerves right and wide. That's a chance missed.  (Munster 7 Edinburgh 6)
  • 16:01
    35 mins: Edinburgh have come here today full of confidence and are really taking the game to Munster. Kinghorn just made some huge yards before being brought down and Munster turn over. This is a lot tighter than many expected it to be.  (Munster 7 Edinburgh 6)
  • 16:04
    HALF TIME: MUNSTER 7 EDINBURGH 6
  • 16:16
    So, Munster lead but realistically haven't been the best team in that first half. Edinburgh have been on the front foot pretty much since Munster's early try but haven't quite made their chances count. Munster need to come out firing or they could be heading out today.
  • 16:20
    41 mins: We're back underway!  (Munster 7 Edinburgh 6)
  • 16:20

    TRY FOR MUNSTER!

    MUNSTER 12 EDINBURGH 6

  • 16:22
    43 mins: Well it's almost like a repeat of the first half! Munster have come flying out of the blocks all thanks to some outstanding work from Zebo in his farewell game. After a poor pass he had to chase and pick the ball up outside the Edinburgh 22. A little chip through the defence into some space allowed him to run onto it, collect and fling it wide to Earls who sped over the line. Hanrahan converts.  (Munster 14 Edinburgh 6)
  • 16:29

    52 mins: Munster must have really looked at themselves at half time because they have really come out firing in this second half. Edinburgh are being pinned back in their own 22 and Munster's good work has earned them a penalty.

    Hanrahan makes no mistake and all of a sudden it's looking like a long way back for the Scots.  (Munster 17 Edinburgh 6)

  • 16:35
    56 mins: Edinburgh are still trying to chip away at this lead. Hidalgo-Clyne slots another penalty. That's his third out of three today.  (Munster 17 Edinburgh 9)
  • 16:37

    TRY FOR EDINBURGH!

    MUNSTER 17 EDINBURGH 14

  • 16:38

    59 mins: Well this is far from over now!

    A superb counter attack from Edinburgh allows Fowles to tear through the middle of the Munster defence and get over. Jaco van der Walt converts and there's now only one in it!  (Munster 17 Edinburgh 16)

  • 16:49
    69 mins: As the clock ticks down it's getting more and more tense out there now. Edinburgh are in possession and pushing. Munster look shaky.  (Munster 17 Edinburgh 16)
  • 16:53

    72 mins: Munster are really being pushed today but they have wona deserved penalty. Hanrahan will take.

    This wuld give them some breathing room...  (Munster 17 Edinburgh 16)

  • 16:53
    73 mins: And it's there!  (Munster 20 Edinburgh 16)
  • 17:00
    76 mins: Munster have a scrum on halfway. They can't afford any slip ups now.  (Munster 20 Edinburgh 16)
  • 17:03
    78 mins: Munster win the scum and work it well to earn a lineout. Just hold onto it now.  (Munster 20 Edinburgh 16)
  • 17:04
    80 mins: Edinburgh have a lineout on the halfway line. This is a chance.  (Munster 20 Edinburgh 16)
  • 17:06
    80+1 mins: They've worked it well and are now on the attack...  (Munster 20 Edinburgh 16)
  • 17:07
    80+2 mins: Penalty for Edinburgh! They can gain yards here by kicking to touch. Munster are on the rack.  (Munster 20 Edinburgh 16)
  • 17:08
    80+3 mins: Lineout for Edinburgh inside the Munster 22...  (Munster 20 Edinburgh 16)
  • 17:08
    80+4 mins: Munster steal the lineout!  (Munster 20 Edinburgh 16)
  • 17:08
    FULL TIME: MUNSTER 20 EDINBURGH 16
  • 17:12
    So that's that. A very hard fought win for Munster but ultimately they deserved it and are now rewarded with a semi-final against Leinster on May 19th at the RDS.
  • 17:18
    Shelley Thank you very much for the up to date coverage. I was following the action from New York City. Delighted that Munster won!
  • 17:18
    With that I shall leave you. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for Gerry Thornley's report from Thomond Park, bye!