11 Dec, 14:35
This week's club notes come from Carrick-on-Suir, Midleton and Shannon rugby clubs.
Despite playing against the strong wind and rain it was Leinster who made the better start when out half Cathal Marsh kicked a penalty from just inside the Munster half for a 3-0 lead after two minutes
Munster were level after nine minutes when JJ Hanrahan kicked a penalty.
Munster’s pack were finding the going tough in the forward exchanges and the amount of missed tackles had Munster on the back foot for long periods.
A second penalty by Hanrahan a minute before half time left it 6-3 in favour of the home side at the break.
However the lead only lasted a minute into the second half when from the kick off Leinster brought play into the Munster twenty two and quick ball from a ruck saw prop Des Merry go in for a try untouched and Luke McGrath converted.
Munster began to get on top in the forward exchanges but were unable to penetrate a solid Leinster defence.
Hanrahan closed the gap to a point with his third penalty after fifty two minutes. But Leinster finished the stronger and McGrath restored the lead to four points with twelve minutes remaining.
Munster: G O’Suilleabhain (UCC); S Glynn (PBC), K Slater (UCC), R Scannell (PBC), S Horgan (Rockwell College); JJ Hanrahan (UL Bohemian), B Haugh (Young Munster); N Horan (Crescent Comp.), B Scott (UCC), J Considine (Young Munster); S McCarthy (Rockwell College), S Buckley (Garryowen); R Murphy (Dolphin), M Cronin (Highfield) (Capt.), L Cahill (UCC). Replacements: J Donovan (Old Crescent) for S McCarthy 20, R Martin for J Considine 22, C Gallagher (UCC) for L Cahill 31-34 (blood), J Rael (Garryowen) for B Scott 63, N Cronin (Garryowen) for Haugh 62, C Gallagher for S Buckley 68, T Ryan (Garryowen) for S Glynn 74.
Leinster: M Sherlock; B Daly, S Murphy, M Roche, S Coghlan-Murray; C Marsh, L McGrath (capt); D Merrey, A Clarkin, P Reilly; A O’Connor, D Mannion; J Conan, B Du Toit, J Coghlan. Replacements: M Oyuga for Du Toit 72, F Horan for Coghlan-Murray 79.
Referee: S Gaffikin (IRFU).