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Munster Vs London Irish 
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Munster 28-14 London Irish

Munster (0) 28
Tries: Varley, Ronan, Earls, D Hurley Cons: O'Gara (4)
London Irish (0) 14
Tries: Mapasua, Tagicakibau Cons: Bowden, Lamb

Munster scored three tries in the final 10 minutes to shake off London Irish and earn a bonus-point win that could see them move into the Challenge Cup.

Irish, with tries from captain Seilala Mapusua and Sailosi Tagicakibau, were 14-7 ahead with 12 minutes left.

But Munster, out of quarter-final contention, hit back decisively with late tries from Niall Ronan, Keith Earls and replacement Darragh Hurley.

Hooker Damien Varley had earlier scored Munster's first try.

That followed a scoreless first half in Limerick, with Munster unable to convert their early territory into points.

London Irish had prop Faan Rautenbach sin-binned for stamping on David Wallace at a ruck.

In the second half, Varley plunged over for a deserved try after a forceful maul and Ronan O'Gara nailed the conversion from the right of the posts.

Mapusua's try came after Tomas O'Leary's clearance kick was charged down by Jamie Gibson and the Samoan touched down in the left corner.

Bowden followed up with the conversion to make it 7-7 on the hour and Irish were suddenly forcing the pace.

In the 67th minute, Mapusua did brilliantly to dink a kick ahead, gather the ball at pace and link with Topsy Ojo, whose pass out of the tackle set up Tagicakibau for an easy run-in past O'Gara.

Replacement Ryan Lamb added the difficult conversion, and Irish were suddenly on the verge of becoming only the second team to beat Munster in a Heineken Cup tie at Thomond Park.

Munster, helped by a yellow card for Gibson, hit back with their second try when flanker Ronan picked up from a ruck and dived over with O'Gara converting.

Three minutes later, they had another try. Paul O'Connell stole a line-out and rampaged through the middle, and O'Gara's superbly-weighted kick to the corner was gleefully finished off by Earls.

O'Gara swung over the conversion and did likewise in injury-time after prop Hurley had powered over.

Their barnstorming finish means Munster - depending on results of Sunday's matches - could clinch one of the three quarter-final places on offer in the second-tier Amlin Challenge Cup.

Leinster will never win this one, they are crap away from home.- JonnyJugLicker
Result - Northampton 7 - Leinster 40
Luck of the Irish for Leinster again.- JonnyJugLicker

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