All You Need To Know | Leinster v Munster
20th May 2022 By The Editor
It’s the final weekend of regular season action in the United Rugby Championship with a huge amount at stake.
Munster take on Leinster at the Aviva in the final game of the weekend hoping to secure a place in the top four, which would ensure a home quarter-final in a fortnight’s time.
Leinster are six points clear of Munster ahead of the game and have already secured a home quarter-final with the potential for a home semi-final and final.
Read the Munster team announcement here.
Find out all you need to know ahead of the game below.
Saturday, May 21, 7.15pm
Did you know?
Leinster (511 points) and Munster (499 points) are the highest point-scorers after 17 rounds of URC action.
Leinster: Jordan Larmour; Rob Russell, Jamie Osborne, Ciarán Frawley, Rory O’Loughlin, Harry Byrne, Cormac Foley; Ed Byrne (C), Seán Cronin, Thomas Clarkson; Joe McCarthy, Josh Murphy; Ryan Baird, Scott Penny, Max Deegan.
Replacements: John McKee, Peter Dooley, Cian Healy, Devin Toner, Alex Soroka, Ben Murphy, David Hawkshaw, Adam Byrne.
Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Dan Goggin, Keith Earls; Joey Carbery, Conor Murray; Josh Wycherley, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Thomas Ahern; Fineen Wycherley, Alex Kendellen, Jack O’Donoghue (C).
Replacements: Diarmuid Barron, Jeremy Loughman, Keynan Knox, Jason Jenkins, Jack Daly, Craig Casey, Ben Healy, Rory Scannell.
Johann van Graan’s men moved up to second in the table ahead of round 18 thanks to three URC wins in a row including a vital away win over Ulster in Belfast and bonus-point victories over Benetton and Cardiff at Musgrave Park.
Munster are on 56 points and among eight teams who have already secured a place in the quarter-finals.
The top four teams at the end of 18 rounds will have home advantage in the quarter-finals.
Friday night’s action saw Ulster beat the Sharks to secure a home quarter-final and the Bulls moved up to third after their bonus-point win over Ospreys.
DHL Stormers are away to Scarlets on Saturday evening (5.10pm) with Munster away to Leinster in the final game of the round (7.15pm).
See the URC table following Friday night’s action here.
Should teams finish level in the table, the higher team will be decided by the following criteria:
- Matches won
- Highest points-difference
- Tries scored
- Total points scored
- Try difference
- Fewest number of players suspended
- Fewest yellow cards received
- Coin toss
URC Round 18 Fixtures & Results
KO in Irish time
Friday, May 20
Benetton 69-21 Cardiff, Stadio Monigo;
Ulster 24-21 Cell C Sharks, Kingspan Stadium;
Ospreys 31-38 Vodacom Bulls, Swansea.com Stadium;
Saturday, May 21
Dragons v Emirates Lions, Rodney Parade, 3pm;
Connacht v Zebre Parma, The Sportsground, 5pm;
Scarlets v DHL Stormers, Parc y Scarlets, 5.10pm;
Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors, BT Murrayfield, 6.30pm;
Leinster v Munster, Aviva Stadium, 7.15pm;
Live on URC TV (subscribe here), TG4 & Premier Sports.
Referee: Frank Murphy
Assistant referees: Peter Martin & Oisin Quinn
TMO: Brian MacNeice
Hear from Head Coach Johann van Graan and Thomas Ahern ahead of the game.
Weekend of June 4/5