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Leinster 27 - 20 Munster,
Lansdowne Road, Dublin,
Att: 27,252,
Referee: Simon McDowell,
Friday 6th October 2006, 19:30

Leinster overcame their keenest rivals and Heineken Cup champions in this thrilling encounter in the historic Lansdowne Road.

In front of a tournament record crowd of 27,252, Leinster went behind to an early Ronan O'Gara penalty and looked in trouble when Ronan McCormack was sent to the sin-bin for dangerous use of the boot in a ruck. However, Leinster managed to come through that phase without conceding any more scores and with a try of their own through a Brian O'Driscoll try, leaving them seven pointto three in front.

McCormack had only just served his ten minutes when the Felipe Contepomi was given ten minutes for punching Donnacha O'Callaghan off the ball, after O'Callaghan had impeded Contepomi. Contepomi was possibly lucky that the colour of the card was only yellow.

Leinster once again managed to weather the storm and when Contepomi returned, scored a wonderful try through Shane Horgan. Contepomi added the conversion and a penalty soon after, leaving the score at seventeen three coming towards half-time.

However, just before the break, Munster scored a dubious try through David Wallace, to leave the score at seventeen ten at half time.

Munsters hopes took at hit within a minute of the restart when Horan was sent to the bin for ten minutes and Leinster duly took advantage when Brian O'Driscoll scored his second and his teams third try.

O'Gara slotted a penalty in reply, but Leinster secured the four-try bonus point on seventy-seven minutes with a try from number eight, Jamie Heaslip.

Leinster will be unhappy in that they allowed Munster to score a late converted try to earn themselves a little deserved bonus point.

Match Stats
Leinster Munster
Tries B. O'Driscoll (1, 2)
S. Horgan
J. Heaslip
D. Wallace M. Horan
Conversions F. Contepomi (2) R. O'Gara (2)
Penalties F. Contepomi R. O'Gara (2)
Teams G Dempsey; S Horgan, B O'Driscoll (capt), G D'Arcy, D Hickie; F Contepomi, G Easterby; R McCormack, B Blaney, W Green; T Hogan, M O'Kelly; C Jowitt, K Gleeson, J Heaslip J Manning; T O'Leary, J Kelly, T Halstead, I Dowling; R O'Gara, P Stringer; M Horan, F Sheahan, F Pucciariello; D O'Callaghan, P O'Connell; A Quinlan, D Wallace, A Foley
Replacements R Corrigan for Jowitt (9-17 mins), S Keogh for Jowitt (48 mins), H Vermaas for Blaney (65 mins), O Finegan for O'Kelly (74 mins), L Fitzgerald for Hickie (79 mins). Unused: M D'Arcy, C Warner. Sinbinned: McCormack (7 mins), Contepomi (23 mins) D Leamy for Quinlan (9 mins), T Ryan for Foley (45-52 mins), B Murphy for Kelly (45-49 mins) and for Dowling (54 mins), M O'Driscoll for Foley (74 mins). Unused: A Kiriacou, T McGann, B O'Meara. Sinbinned: Horan (42 mins)

by Paul Kelly, © 2006-10-06