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    <div ="sh">From the BBC....

    Munster 25-11 Leinster
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    Munster (10) 25
    Tries: Penalty
    Cons: O'Gara
    Pens: O'Gara 6
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    Leinster (11) 11
    Tries: Dempsey
    Pens: Sexton 2 </font>

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    Leinster lost on their first visit to Thomond Park in
    11 years as Munster muscled their way to a Magners League derby victory
    on Wednesday.

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    A penalty try helped Munster into an early lead but Leinster hit back with a classy Girvan Dempsey touchdown.
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    Jonathan Sexton's penalty edged Leinster 11-10 ahead at half-time but Munster took control after the break.
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    Man-of-the-match Ronan O'Gara kicked over five penalties from five attempts as the Munster forwards dominated.
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    With Felipe Contepomi still not fully fit after a knee
    injury there was a Magners League debut for Leinster fly-half Jonathan
    Sexton.
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    Sexton made an impact within five minutes by kicking over a penalty to give the visitors the lead.
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    Munster responded with a period of concerted pressure
    which led to a yellow card for Leinster flanker Keith Gleeson for
    coming round on the wrong side.
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    The pressure also resulted in a converted penalty try on 13 minutes after Leinster collapsed the scrum close to the line.
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    But 14-man Leinster produced a classy move seven minutes later which ended with Dempsey going over in the corner.
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    O'Gara put Munster 10-8 ahead with a penalty but it was Leinster who went in ahead at the break.
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    Munster flanker Frankie Sheahan was sin-binned for a professional foul in added time and Sexton converted the resulting penalty.
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    O'Gara restored Munster's lead with a 43rd minute
    penalty and added a further two after Sexton pushed a long-range
    opportunity wide of the posts.
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    Munster grew in dominance as the second period progressed with their forwards putting on the pressure and forcing mistakes.
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    Leinster threw on Contepomi in an attempt to turn the tide of the game but the effect was minimal.
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    Munster pushed to the very end and O'Gara kicked over
    two more penalties to complete a faultless kicking display and a
    comfortable win for his team.
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    Munster: Payne, Kelly, Murphy, Halstead, Dowling,
    O'Gara, Stringer, Pucciariello, Sheahan, Hayes, O'Callaghan, O'Connell,
    O'Sullivan, Wallace, Leamy.
    Replacements: Kyriacou, D. Hurley, Wyatt, Coughlan, O'Leary, Manning, Mafi.
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    Leinster: Dempsey, Horgan, O'Driscoll, D'Arcy,
    Hickie, Sexton, Easterby, McCormack, Jackman, Wright, Hogan, O'Kelly,
    Keogh, Gleeson, Heaslip.
    Replacements: Pala'amo, Vermaas, Finegan, Jowitt, Whitaker, Contepomi, Kearney.
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    Referee: Alan Lewis (Ireland)<!- E

    #2
    @@@@SPAN ="storyline">From rugby.ie

    O'Gara steers Munster to win over Leinster@@@@/SPAN>



    @@@@SPAN ="storydate">27/12/2006@@@@/SPAN>




    @@@@SPAN ="story">Munster 25 Leinster 11

    Ronan O'Gara
    cracked over five second-half penalties to help Munster to an
    encouraging 25-11 win over arch-rivals Leinster in the Magners League.

    In
    front of a bumper Thomond Park crowd Munster's front eight strangled
    the life out of the Leinster forwards, forcing the mistakes which
    allowed man of the match O'Gara to kick the hosts to their fifth
    straight win.

    A lack of discipline up front left Leinster
    chasing the game in the second half after full-back Girvan Dempsey's
    electrifying 19th-minute try had given them an 8-7 lead.

    But
    Munster ground their way to glory as only they can and O'Gara's 100%
    kicking display – which saw him grab a personal haul of 20 points –
    pushed them up to seventh in the table.

    With Felipe Contepomi's
    knee injury keeping him on the bench, Ireland Under-21 fly-half
    Jonathan Sexton was handed his first start for Leinster and he did not
    disappoint in a furious opening.

    The St Mary's College clubman fired over a fifth-minute penalty to put the visitors in front.

    However,
    a clash between Keith Gleeson and Peter Stringer soon saw Leinster down
    to 14 men as the former walked for his part in it.

    Without the
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    O'Gara's
    conversion nudged Munster in front yet Leinster, with Brian O'Driscoll
    and Gordon D'Arcy controlling the midfield battle, bounced back when
    off a set scrum Denis Hickie broke in off the left flank on a diagonal
    run and offloaded for Dempsey to charge over for a brilliant score.

    Sexton
    could not deliver the extras and while O'Gara, landing his first
    penalty, punished some indiscipline from the Leinster pack coming up to
    the break, a silly yellow card for hooker Frankie Sheahan and Sexton's
    second penalty left Munster a man short and an 11-10 deficit to
    overhaul for the second half.

    Almost immediately though, O'Gara pinged Munster in front three minutes into the second half.

    Worryingly for both Leinster and Ireland, Dempsey was then helped off the field after sustaining a nasty-looking leg injury.

    The
    peerless O'Gara continued to find his range with his place kicks – he
    walloped over after 52, 61 and 78 minutes to put the hosts into a
    double-score lead and his sixth penalty success in injury-time only
    served to rub salt into Leinster's already gaping wounds.@@@@/SPAN>

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      #3
      From The Irish Independent....don't seem too interested.....


      Ronan O'Gara cracked over five second-half penalties to help Munster to an
      encouraging 25-11 win over arch-rivals Leinster in the Magners League.



      In front of a bumper Thomond Park crowd Munster's front eight strangled the

      life out of the Leinster forwards, forcing the mistakes which allowed man of the

      match O'Gara to kick the hosts to their fifth straight win.



      A lack of discipline up front left Leinster chasing the game in the second

      half after full-back Girvan Dempsey's electrifying 19th-minute try had given

      them an 8-7 lead.



      But Munster ground their way to glory as only they can and O'Gara's 100%

      kicking display - which saw him grab a personal haul of 20 points - pushed them

      up to seventh in the table.</font>

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        #4
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        <tr><td ="abstract">Despite scoring a class try from full back
        Girvan Dempsey Leinster were out gunned by a combative pack and the
        boot of Ronan O’Gara as Munster scored a valuable Magners league win
        over their old rivals at Thomond Park on Wednesday.</td></tr>
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        <tr><td ="preview">The visitors led 11-10 at the break thanks to
        Dempsey’s try and five points from Jonathan Sexton, but Munster took a
        strangle hold in the second period with O’Gara kicking five from five
        to put the game out of reach of third placed Leinster.

        Even the
        return of Felipe Contepomi after his knee injury, as a second half
        substitute could not swing the game the way of the Dublin based side
        and in the end O’Gara was named man of the match as his side scored a
        comfortable victory.
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          <h2>O'Gara gives Leinster the boot</h2><div ="storydate">Wednesday December 27 2006</div>Munster forwards set up quality kicking platform for O'Gara

          A
          flawless kicking display by Ireland and Munster fly-half Ronan O'Gara
          helped give his side a well worked 25-11 win over rivals Leinster in
          the Magners League derby match at Thomond Park on Wednesday.



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          @@@@SPAN name="intelliTxt" id="intelliTXT">Leinster lost on
          their first visit to a bumper Thomond Park crowd in 11 years as the
          Munster forwards muscled their way to victory thanks to a
          man-of-the-match performance by O'Gara, who kicked oversix penalties
          fromsix attempts.
          A lack of discipline up front left Leinster chasing the game
          in the second half after full-back Girvan Dempsey's electrifying
          19th-minute try had given them an 8-7 lead.
          But Munster ground their way to glory as only they can and
          O'Gara's 100 percentkicking display - which saw him grab a personal
          haul of 20 points - pushed them up to seventh in the table.
          With Felipe Contepomi's knee injury keeping him on the bench,
          Ireland U21 fly-half Jonathan Sexton was handed his first start for
          Leinster and he did not disappoint in a furious opening.
          The St Mary's College clubman fired over a fifth-minute penalty to put the visitors in front.
          However, a clash between Keith Gleeson and Peter Stringer
          soon saw Leinster down to 14 men as the former walked for his part in
          it.
          Without the Australian-born flanker, Leinster struggled and
          after 13 minutes they gave away a penalty try as their scrum was
          completely steamrollered.
          O'Gara's conversion nudged Munster in front yet Leinster,
          with Brian O'Driscoll and Gordon D'Arcy controlling the midfield
          battle, bounced back when off a set scrum Denis Hickie broke in off the
          left flank on a diagonal run and offloaded for Dempsey to charge over
          for a brilliant score.
          Sexton could not deliver the extras and while O'Gara, landing
          his first penalty, punished some indiscipline from the Leinster pack
          coming up to the break, a silly yellow card for hooker Frankie Sheahan
          and Sexton's second penalty left Munster a man short and an 11-10
          deficit to overhaul for the second half.
          Almost immediately though, O'Gara pinged Munster in front three minutes into the second half.
          Worryingly for both Leinster and Ireland, Dempsey was then helped off the field after sustaining a nasty-looking leg injury.
          The peerless O'Gara continued to find his range with his
          place kicks - he walloped over after 52, 61 and 78 minutes to put the
          hosts into a double-score lead and his sixth penalty success in
          injury-time only served to rub salt into Leinster's already gaping
          wounds.



          <str&#111;ng nd="13">The scorers:[/b]


          <str&#111;ng nd="14">For Munster:[/b]
          <str&#111;ng nd="15">Tries:[/b] Penalty Try
          <str&#111;ng nd="17">Cons:[/b] O'Gara
          <str&#111;ng nd="18">Pens:[/b] O'Gara 6


          <str&#111;ng nd="19">For Leinster:[/b]
          <str&#111;ng nd="20">Tries:[/b] Dempsey
          <str&#111;ng nd="22">Cons:
          Pens:[/b] Sexton 2

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            #6





            @@@@SPAN =articleline>Munster send New Year message@@@@/SPAN>

            @@@@SPAN =author>Munster 25 Leinster 11
            By Charlie Mulqueen@@@@/SPAN>
            @@@@SPAN =articlesummary>THEY’VE been making the point for years: you don’t beat this Munster team twice. @@@@/SPAN>

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            And so it came to pass at packed Thomond Park yesterday when the home side recovered from a shaky start to swarm all over Leinster in the second-half of this grudge Magners Celtic League tie.

            This latest clash of the old rivals was always going to make for a marvellous, Heineken Cup-style atmosphere two days after Christmas. Even the small band of Leinster fans made themselves heard, especially in the first half. However, as the trend of the game went inexorably in Munster’s favour, the Red Army took over. @@@@/SPAN>


            @@@@SPAN =article>The Munster forwards, inspiringly led by Paul O’Connell and with substitute number six John O’Sullivan rising to the occasion in magnificent fashion, slowly but surely squeezed the life out of the Leinstermen. With the game being played almost entirely in their own territory, the pressure-imposed penalties they conceded meant a golden harvest for the impeccable boot of Ronan O’Gara. He had seven shots at goal – and every one found its target.

            And there will be many who will point to the tactical nous — or perhaps the lack of it on the day — of Leinster coach Michael Cheika. The invariably straight talking Aussie made no secret of his displeasure with referee Alan Lewis, a Leinsterman himself. “We gave away something like 20 penalties, more than we’ve ever done before,” claimed Cheika.

            But many Leinster supporters wondered why Cheika removed teak-tough former Munster player Stephen Keogh, and more especially Malcolm O’Kelly, from the fray midway through the second half. Or why he kept former Wallaby scrum-half Chris Whitaker on the bench until most of the damage had been done.

            At least the delay in Felipe Contepomi’s return in the 67th minute could be excused on the grounds of the Argentine’s lengthy lay-off through injury.

            Cheika’s counterpart Declan Kidney pinpointed his team’s “outstanding discipline” as the proximate cause of their second-half supremacy. Not surprisingly, Cheika made the point that Munster had been unable to cross their line but was on thin ice when claiming the awarding of Munster’s penalty try and the yellow card for Keith Gleeson came too early in the game. They were flagrant breaches of law and Mr Lewis could hardly have reacted otherwise.

            Munster made a bright start. Paul O’Connell brilliantly collected Leinster rookie substitute out-half John Sexton’s kick-off, they mauled ten metres up the pitch and claimed a penalty. Only ten seconds had elapsed. But Leinster had come to fight and were ahead after four minutes when Sexton nervelessly kicked a penalty from 45 metres.

            The game continued at a fierce tempo and it was after a terrific Munster attack that they scorned a kick at goal and instead sought a seven pointer through the line-out option. It duly came only after Gleeson was yellow-carded for a blatant infringement coming after a similar indiscretion a few minutes earlier by prop Ronan McCormack. For the third penalty, O’Connell went for a scrum and referee Alan Lewis had no hesitation in awarding a penalty try when Jamie Heaslip illegally prevented Denis Leamy from touching down as Leinster were pushed back over their own line.

            O’Gara tapped over the conversion but, as always, the Leinster backs looked dangerous when afforded space and on 21 minutes they were back in front. Having launched an attack off a set scrum in the left corner, Sexton threw a superb cut-out pass to Denis Hickie whose perfectly timed delivery to Girvan Dempsey saw the full-back cut through for a beautifully taken try.

            Leinster remained the more dangerous looking outfit coming up to the interval and would have fel
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              #7



              <H1>Leinster get boot in Thomond toe-to-toe</H1>


              Gerry Thornley At Thomond Park
              <DIV class=img_left_with_capti&#111;n>RUGBY/Celtic League/Munster v Leinster: A newish, or at any rate, revised casting as these two met at Thomond Park for the first time in 11 years but the same dog-eared script and no less absorbing for all of that.</DIV>


              The latest instalment in this internecine interprovincial rivalry didn't quite scale the heights of recent meetings but if it wasn't a classic, it nevertheless was classical Munster.


              The European champions sought to take on Leinster in a running game for much of the opening period, at the end of which the visitors led 11-10, but thereafter tightened things up, kept control of the ball, played territory, took their three-pointers through some bloke called O'Gara and let Leinster implode.


              Solid as the proverbial rock on their own set-pieces, they gradually cranked up the pressure on Leinster's, but more than anything they competed with fearless fury at the breakdown, forcing more and more turnovers off increasingly isolated Leinster runners.


              Here, all the red shirts worked like dervishes, backs as much as forwards. The workaholic, ultra-physical Denis Leamy appeared to be everywhere, while Donncha O'Callaghan and John Hayes continued their big seasons.


              In truth, Munster rarely looked like manufacturing a try, though Barry Murphy still managed to shine, and once again it was hard to quibble with yet another man-of-the-match award for Ronan O'Gara. A steady hand on the tiller, pinning Leinster into their own 22 for stretches of the second period, he also landed seven from seven kicks for a 20-point haul.


              Confronting him was always going to be a huge ask for Johnny Sexton, who acquitted himself well in the circumstances, but any team coming here needs an equally assured, 100-per-center at 10, on top of which they need to keep their heads in the furnace.


              Undoubtedly, referee Alan Lewis was swept up in the emotion of it all, but like so many European visitors before them, so were Leinster.


              The 17-7 penalty count, or thereabouts, looked excessive, but some of the penalties, and the fracas, could have been avoided.


              Up front, Stephen Keogh tried manfully, ditto Gordon D'Arcy with ball carries into brick walls, and while their scrum performed reasonably, once Malcolm O'Kelly was replaced for conceding the three-pointer that pushed Munster two scores ahead, their lineout crumpled too. By the end, amid the plethora of replacements that saw even Felipe Contepomi quickly hobbling, they looked a little rudderless.


              The bragging rights will be all Munster's again until next season, unless they bump into each other in the knockout stages of the Heineken Cup.


              There was plenty of repartee throughout the off-field exchanges and right from the off Leinster's "ultras" - congregated at the Ballynanty end Munster defended from the kick-off - launched into the familiar refrain of "Boring, boring Munster" to the Paul O'Connell catch, pack drive and ensuing penalty off Sexton's kick-off.


              It sounded a bit premature.


              Sexton settled quickly with a well-struck 45-metre penalty after five minutes but Ian Dowling helped up the decibel level with a chip-and-catch to put Munster on the front foot.


              An even bigger roar greeted the decision to tap the next penalty into the corner. Feeding time at the zoo.


              Munster's reward was accentuated when Keith Gleeson was binned for coming through on Peter Stringer. As Munster scented blood and opted for the scrum, Leinster's seven crumpled in a heap over their own line and Lewis went behind the posts. Penalty try.


              Leinster's response in the absence of Gleeson was to play with more width. From a recycled seven-man scr
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                <H1>Kidney quietly pleased, Cheika quite miffed</H1>


                Gerry Thornley At Thomond Park


                Munster weren't inclined to crow too loudly - that's not their style - but the sense of satisfaction at a job well done, especially against their primary neighbours and rivals of recent years, was palpable. And while coach Declan Kidney was, typically, even less inclined to personalise this victory in any way, Paul O'Connell ably expressed the feelings of his players.


                "Delighted," he said, cryptically and unequivocally, about Munster's fifth successive win, not least because it avenged their 27-20 defeat to the same opponents in Lansdowne Road in early October. "It gets our Celtic League campaign back on track and it was great to beat Leinster after losing to them in Lansdowne Road.


                "Everybody knows what a Munster-Leinster match means, so it's always a thrill to beat them."


                Munster's captain added, Kidney-like, "We used our luck and took our chances. In the second half we kept them under pressure and kept the scoreboard ticking. We got penalties in the right places and Rog (Ronan O'Gara) is a very tidy kicker."


                Tellingly, he admitted Munster had chosen to revert more to basics during the interval time-out: "We did tighten things up a little bit because Frankie (Sheahan) was in the bin, so we decided to tighten it up for 10 minutes and it worked for us."


                The implication being that it worked so well they kept with it.


                "Their defence was excellent and they kept kicking it in behind us in the first half. So we tightened it up a little and things just fell into place."


                O'Connell revealed the area Munster had successfully targeted: "In the last meeting we got very slow ball and they got a lot of poaches, so we worked a lot on it and it paid off today.


                "They had brought good support down. These big derbies are absolutely brilliant for Irish rugby. You had a full house today and another one on Sunday in Lansdowne Road. And one of our biggest matches of our Magners League season will be against Connacht on Sunday. So we have to come back down to earth very quickly because that match could make or break our (league) season."


                It was a mantra already established by the head coach.


                "Sunday's game is much bigger than today's game in terms of qualifying for Europe next season. There wasn't a whole lot of space out there and we just managed to pick off our chances," said Kidney, who also referred to an interval shift in tactics.


                "It's a measure of the team that they had the patience to turn things around. Sometimes it's a case of needs must, and each team presents different challenges," he added. "We gave away some penalties but we kept our discipline generally and it was a day when penalties were being given away. It was a huge effort by the likes of Denis Leamy and John O'Sullivan. I can't say enough about that man (O'Sullivan) after a performance like that. It's a hard team to break into and he's had some tough calls in the last 18 months."


                Leinster coach Michael Cheika was not a happy man, and one sensed we were experiencing only a glimpse of his anger and frustration.


                "We let an opportunity go. We were right in the game at half-time. But we lost our shape a little in the second half when the weight of possession against us told. You give them that amount of possession and they're going to beat you."


                Leinster's defence pleased Cheika but he was clearly aggrieved by the huge penalty count against his team. Asked if his side's ill-discipline had cost them, he retorted, "That remains to be seen. I need to look at the video. I can't remember us ever conceding so many penalties. There must have been 20-plus, added to which we had a player being binned in the first five minutes and then a penalty try against us. I was disappointed with that."


                While disputing the decision for the penalty try, Cheika ad
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                  #9
                  I haven't seen any rumours about Kearney comeing down to fill a spot on the Munster bench.
                  The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

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                    #10


                    hmm...ive heard a few, true or not ive no idea [img]smileys/shock.gif[/img]

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                      #11
                      Is Michael Cheika the new Matt Williams? [img]smileys/wink.gif[/img]

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