Munster started the game very strong, and looked like scoring on more than one occasion in the first half, and at one stage even made it over the line but to knock on the ball. Even though the first half brought many chances for both teams, the defensive play was superb by all, and both Leinster and Munster defended their lines effectively. The only points seen in the first half were penalties by each side, Munster penalty scorer Ian Hanley. First Half ended Munster 3 Leinster 3
The second half started similar to the first with Munster playing very strong rugby, but Leinster would not allow them through. Leinster's consistent defending finally paid off midway through the second half with an interception that gave Leinster an opening to allow them to touch down between the Munster posts for a fine try, which they then converted, (10-3).
When it looked as if the game was going to end in Leinster's favor, Munster's Foinnbar Touhy took a strike to head which lead to a ruck, which allowed Greg Ryan lay off to Sami Francis who went over the Leinster line for a try, which Ian Hanley converted, to even the score at 10-10. Munster were not done, and in the closing minute Munster's Kieran Burke touched down in the leinster corner, to score a magnificent try which would give Munster the win. Even though time had run out, the referee was to play another five minutes, which Leinster threw everything they had at Munster, but some brilliant tackling and defensive play by Munster ensured they held onto their win. Final Score Munster 15 Leinster 10.
Munster: Tries: Sami Francis, Kieran Burke. Pens: Ian Hanley. Cons: Ian Hanley.
Ian O'Regan (Sundays Well), Ciaran Burke (Youghal), Conor Prenderville (Abbeyfeale), Declan Foy (Killarney), Ian Hanley (Kilfeakle), Colin Mahony (Highfield), Aidan Floyd (Highfield), Ricky Walsh (Highfield), Sami Francis (Tralee), Darren Twomey (Sundays Well), Micheal O'Hea (Capt.) (Clonakilty), Jason (Frahill (Cobh Pirates), Kieran O'Neill (Clonakilty), Fionnbar Touhy, Matt Moloney (Thurles).
Replacements: Dave O'Hea (Highfield), Batt Duggan (Clonakilty), Dave Ryan (Highfield), Ger Luby (Kilfeakle), Brian Shanahan (Castleisland), Paul Moynihan (Cobh Pirates), Greg Ryan (Cashel).
Kieran Maloney (New Ross), John Morton (Wicklow), Bernard Smyth (Navan), Robert Cumiskey (Coolmine), Darragh Tyrell (Greystones), Eamon Bracken (Tullamore), Alan Harvey (Tullamore) Shane O Brien (Greystones), Brian Kennedy ( Longford), Cian O Sullivan: Capt. (Greystones), Karl Denner (Naas), David Geraghty (Navan), Joseph Moran (Naas), Thomas Campbell (Dundalk), Bobby Clancy (Wexford).
Replacements: Richard Fenney (Navan), Brian Mealiffe (Tullamore), Ian Duignan (Newbridge), Alan Nolan (Carlow), Larry Doyle (Enniscorthy), Kieth Donovan (Portlaoise), Cian Murphy (Navan).