Not much attack came during the opening 20 minutes but the first breakthrough was a very clever one. Munster dominated the driving maul throughout the whole match and this was just the start. They drove upfield when unexpectedly Murray flicked the ball out to Keatley who kicked the ball across field to Conway. He couldn’t gather but they came back for the penalty advantage that Ian Keatley converted. Saracens responded straight away with a penalty as Conway used his hands in the ruck. Farrell, on his return, converted with no trouble. The second half was going to be more of a fight than the first though…
HALF TIME MUNSTER 3 – 3 SARACENS
The second half didn’t seem to be any different to the first Keatly hitting another penalty. The spice was still to come as on the 56th minute Rhys Gill tip tackled CJ Stander in the ruck and was fairly sent to the bin for 10 minutes. The first try looked to have come on the 60th minute when Cronin’s drive was then passed to Conway who went over in the corner. However, TMO review made things clear that the ball was not grounded before he was in touch. 5 minutes later the Irishmen were on the attack again when a driving maul gave Kilcoyqne the chance to score. The prop who had only been on the field for 30 second dotted down just right of the sticks. A couple of minutes later the had more points on the board as Keatley hit a drop goal to seal the victory for Munster.
FULL TIME MUNSTER 14 – 3 SARACENS