Munster v Leinster

The biggest and best rivalry the Pro12 has known resumes this evening at Thomond Park

Gavin Cummiskey Mon, Dec 26
LIVE: Munster v Leinster

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  • Welcome to Thomond Park...
  • Munster: Simon Zebo; Darren Sweetnam, Jaco Taute, Rory Scannell, Ronan O'Mahony; Tyler Bleyendaal, Conor Murray; James Cronin, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Donnacha Ryan; Peter O'Mahony (Capt.), Tommy O'Donnell, CJ Stander.

    Replacements: Rhys Marshall, Dave Kilcoyne, Stephen Archer, Billy Holland, Jack O'Donoghue, Duncan Williams, Francis Saili, Andrew Conway.
  • Leinster are without most of their Irish players....
  • Joe Schmidt's xmas gift to Leo Cullen is Tadhg Furlong.

    15. Zane Kirchner (75)
    14. Isa Nacewa CAPTAIN (160)
    13. Rory O'Loughlin (9)
    12. Robbie Henshaw (5)
    11. Barry Daly (4)
    10. Ross Byrne (9)
    9. Jamison Gibson-Park (13)

    1. Cian Healy (163)
    2. James Tracy (29)
    3. Tadhg Furlong (58)
    4. Ross Molony (31)
    5. Mike McCarthy (70)
    6. Rhys Ruddock (121)
    7. Dan Leavy (25)
    8. Jack Conan (37)

    16. Richardt Strauss (134)
    17. Peter Dooley (28)
    18. Michael Bent (72)
    19. Ian Nagle (6)
    20. Dominic Ryan (108)
    21. Charlie Rock (1)
    22. Noel Reid (71)
    23. Tom Daly (3)
  • Gavin Cummiskey here reporting from Thomond Park for the evening.
  • Leinster to kick-off. Big night for Ross Byrne at fly-half. No pressure on the 24 year old.
  • Tyler and his cross field kicks...
  • First one almost yields a try for Darren Sweetnam. Zane Kirchner just saves the day.

    1.30 on the clock...
  • Munster's first attacking lineout goes way out the back but Tyler recovers. CJ Stander carries. The hits are already insane.
  • Nigel Owens was flown in especially to ref these old pals.
    First break in play after CJ Stander knocks on.

    3 mins on the clock, not score but Munster applying pressure in Leinster 22.
  • First scrum needs a reset:
    John Ryan v Cian Healy
    Tadhg Furlong (who just emptied Peter O'Mahony) v James Cronin.
  • Solid Leinster possession as Ross Byrne clears the lines.
  • Leinster soaking up a lot of direct carries. Ross Byrne boots ball into Munster 22. Byrne is the same size as Johnny Sexton, kicks the same...
  • 7 mins: 0-0
  • Jack Conan - the No.8 in waiting - runs over Niall Scannell, brings Leinster over the gainline.

    Ross Byrne is gonna kick the leather off the ball if he's let...
  • Byrne, spirals and Leinster defending. That's all we need to know from Thomond Park so far...
  • Munster scrum on halfway. Rory Scannell puts it out on the full. Leinster have a decent platform now.

    12 mins played, still 0-0, but the tide is blue.
  • Conan offload puts Ross Molony over the gainline. Furlong carries in midfield. Jean Kleyn drives Cian Healy backwards.
  • Man down.
  • James Cronin has another injury (HIA). The Munster loosehead can't catch a break. In comes Dave Kilcoyne.
  • 15 mins: Leinster 0-0 Munster
  • All Leinster now...Stander playfully elbows Ross Byrne on the floor. Penalty Leinster. Byrne goes down the line... Donnacha Ryan steals the lineout.
  • Mini fight: Kleyn v Mike McCarthy.
  • Still nil-all.
  • Ross Byrne (Sexton's clone) puts Zane Kirchner over.

  • Came off a scrum in Munster 22 (after Donnacha Ryan stole Leinster lineout but knocked on). Jamison Gibson-Park fed Byrne who, moving laterally, drew the defence before releasing Kirchner.

    Nacewa converts: 7-0
  • James Cronin passed the Head Injury Assesment (HIA). He's back on.
  • 19 mins: Munster 0-7 Leinster
  • Packed house here in Thomond Park, a reaction is promised but Rhys Ruddock, Jack Conan and Dan Leavy are meeting them on the gainline.
  • Munster ignore kick for goal. Lineout, drive, Conor Murray goes for the line...
  • Tyler Bleyendaal is held up by Isa Nacewa but Zebo acrobatically spins out of two blue jerseys to...TMO
  • Nigel Owens is taking his time.
  • TRY
  • Simon Zebo gives Tyler Bleyendaal a touchline conversion to make it 7-7.
  • 22 mins: Munster 7-7 Leinster

    Tyler off the cross bar. The full house is humming.
  • Nacewa wins back possession from the restart. Munster eventually clear the danger but there is a Leinster lineout on the 22.

  • Jean Kleyn neck roll on Tadhg Furlong means Cian Healy's misbehaving at the breakdown is reversed.

    Nacewa pen can make it 10-7.
  • 27 mins: Munster 7-10 Leinster

    Nacewa penalty.
  • Update: Furlong is standing in midfield waiting to obliterate all comers.
  • Dan Leavy poach on Tommy O'Donnell.

  • Rhys Ruddock is down and up. Looking to run it off...
  • 32 mins:

    Munster 7-10 Leinster
  • Is Conor Murray the most confidant rugby player on the planet?

    Had enough of the battering ram approach and chipped over the blue line. Lovely catch. Munster are in the Leinster 22...
  • Barry Daly ends the Munster assault with an easy mark after a poor kick in behind by Scannell (Rory not Niall).
  • Cian Healy must be on a final warning from Nigel Owens.
    In from the side. Penalty.
    Munster go down the line...End product needed.
  • Absolute class from Tyler Bleyendaal. Cut out pass - after a thousand carries - sees Ronan O'Mahony dive over.

    Munster try.
  • Zane Kirchner's early tackle on Darren Sweetnam = yellow card, surely.
  • Nigel is watching the big screen.
  • No sin bin.
  • Half-time:

    Munster 14 - 10 Leinster

    1 quality assist and 2 touchline conversions by Bleyendaal.
    The Kiwi has been the difference.
  • HT
    Munster 14-10 Leinster
    Tyler Bleyendaal the difference so far.
  • Munster have dominated possession, Leinster just way more efficient with scraps.

    Ross Byrne looking decent with ball in hand and kicking but Tyler Bleyendaal has grown into the game with two touchline conversions and a left handed pass for Ronan O'Mahony's try.

    14-10, HT.
  • Leinster: Kirchner; Nacewa, Rory O'Loughlin, Henshaw, Barry Daly; Ross Byrne, JGP; Cian Healy, Tracy, Furlong; Molony, McCarthy; Ruddock, Leavy, Jack Conan.
  • 2 half coming...

    Munster 14-10 Leinster
  • Andrew Conway for Darren Sweetnam (after being illegally smashed by Zane Kirchner). So, Conway to fullbback, Zebo to left wing.
  • Dan Leavy is getting treatment on the ground.
  • Jacques Nienaber - the secret to Munster's upsurge - doubles up with the medic bib. He was a physio before he became Rassie Erasmus's D coach.
  • Andrew Conway leaps over Isa Nacewa.

    A man on a mission...from God.
  • Dan Leavy is gone. Dominic Ryan is released from cold storage.
  • Jack Conan: 14 tackles and counting.
  • Pretty good idea to have your assistant coach micc'ed up on touchline.

    Jacques Nienaber.
  • Great hit by Furlong on Cronin. Loosens possession...

    Munster 14-10 Leinster
  • Leavy returns. Dominic Ryan back on ice.
  • Munster come thundering into the Leinster 22.
  • Interesting one.... Ian Nagle is coming on.
  • Conor Murray owns this game.
  • Munster had the advantage so Murray looked up and saw Tommy O'Donnell on the wing against Barry Daly. He liked those odds.

    The Tipperary flanker grabbed the breaking ball and slams it down.
  • 51 mins: Munster 21-10 Leinster

    A third Tyler Bleyendaal conversion from the touchline.
  • The difference? Tyler and Murray.

    The Munster halfbacks are bringing that QB efficiency whenever Munster enter the red zone (sorry, I was watching NFL last night).
  • The tide has turned red.
  • Goodnight and God bless. Munster's fourth try is pure Munster. CJ Stander under the heap of bodies. 26-10.
  • Tyler Bleyendaal finally misses a conversion. Does not matter. Heavy beating as Munster go 5 pts clear in Pro 12.
  • Still only 57 mins played...
  • Hour mark in Thomond Park, hosts are 26-10 to the good. This Leinster XV unable to cope with Munster's full metal jacket.
  • Presumably Leo Cullen will get most of his Ireland players back for New Year's Eve against Ulster in RDS. Munster head to Galway...
  • Tyler Bleyendaal penalty makes it 29-10.
  • Shame about this fixture. Makes sense for Leo Cullen to go with second (dictated by Ireland and 5 day turnaround) but Pro 12 really didn't help themselves with fixture list.
  • Francis Saili replaces Jaco Taute, perhaps for good?
  • The Premier derby on the Pro 12 fixture list and it is a dead dud with 20 minutes to play. Hard to promote the league with that reality.
  • Munster creep back into Leinster 22...29-10, 15 mins to go, they would love to break 40.
  • The game is still trucking along but here's a recap:

    Murray and Bleyendaal outstanding behind a dominant pack.
    Zebo slick for crucial second try.
    Tyler kicked important extras.

    Jack Conan was Leinster's bright spark.
  • Francis Saili is back.
  • Ian Nagle. HIA.
  • 70 min: Munster 29-10 Leinster
  • Ross Byrne gone off, had an impressive start and proved he can steer the Leinster ship if given sufficient possession.
  • In fairness, player still going at it but Leinster bench is digging way too deep into their stocks.
  • Seven minutes to play in Munster v Leinster and Thomond Park sounds like a nothing game.
  • Leinster march to Munster line. Turnover. No more blue points seems to be the rule.
  • Richardt Strauss sneaks over for Leinster try.
  • 76 mins: Leinster 17-29 Munster

    Spun off a driving maul. Leavy grabbed hold of Kilcoyne to open the gap.
  • man of the match....CJ Stander.
  • All over...

    Munster 29-17 Leinster.

    Gerry Thornley report and Gavin Cummiskey reaction will be online asap.