18 May, 12:24
The news today that Ronan O'Gara's long and distinguished playing time is over, brings to a close what was by any standards, a remarkable career.
Hayes received his 100th cap after the game from ERC Chief Executive Derek McGrath while Ronan O'Gara, who had just made his 98th Heineken Cup appearance, looked on.
It was also a first for Peter O'Mahony who claimed the Man of the Match award in his debut game in the competition and it was probably the first time a side put 41 phases together as Munster did at the death to set up O'Gara for the winning drop goal. It was also a Heineken Cup first for starting backs Conor Murray and Danny Barnes, with Will Chambers making his first appearance in the competition coming off the bench in the 67th minute.
And in the first weekend of Heineken Cup action Thomond Park recorded the highest attendance with 25,543 supporters at the Limerick venue.