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De Allende stars as Munster thump Leinster

De Allende stars as Munster thump Leinster
Sat 24 Apr 2021 | 11:00
De Allende stars as Munster thump Leinster
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RAINBOW CUP REPORT: Damian de Allende put in a man-of-the-match performance in Munster’s impressive 27-3 victory over Leinster in Dublin in the Pro14 Rainbow Cup.

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The Springbok centre used his physical presence and sublime ball skills to help his team outplay Leinster.

De Allende was also the architect of the game’s opening try with a great break in the middle of the field.

It was Munster’s first win over Leinster since December 2018.

There was plenty of niggle in an error-strewn first half which ended 10-3 in Munster’s favour. Joey Carbery tagged a penalty onto Murray’s fourth-minute score while replacement David Hawkshaw kicked Leinster’s points.

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Much closer to full-strength than their arch rivals, Munster came through Stephen Archer’s sin-binning unscathed. There was no way back for Leinster after another Carbery penalty, Murray’s second try and a 71st-minute penalty try.

With the hosts resting a number of players ahead of next week’s Champions Cup semifinal against La Rochelle, this strong Munster selection were quietly fancied to reverse last month’s Pro14 Final defeat.

Indeed, their fit-again captain Peter O’Mahony swiftly pickpocketed Hugh O’Sullivan and De Allende used the turnover to thunder downfield, delaying his pass superbly to send Murray over, with Carbery converting.

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Injuries before kick-off had already left Leinster without Caelan Doris and Ciaran Frawley and Harry Byrne’s early departure brought Hawkshaw on at flyhalf. The academy youngster nailed a ninth-minute penalty to stem any nerves.

Both sides were guilty of giving away cheap possession but, with CJ Stander, Jean Kleyn and Tadhg Beirne all prominent, Munster were winning the collisions.

As they pressed for a second try, a TMO review landed prop Archer in the bin for use of his studs on James Ryan at a ruck. However, O’Mahony stole the subsequent line-out and Carbery punished a Scott Penny infringement with three points.

Hawkshaw missed a penalty from a tight angle just before half-time and Leinster’s try-scoring radar was off early in the second half. A crucial turnover penalty, won by Niall Scannell and Jack O’Donoghue, thwarted the Pro14 champions.

Carbery soon kicked Munster into a 13-3 lead after being tackled off the ball by Ryan Baird. When Leinster finally got James Lowe and Garry Ringrose in full flow, de Allende – the player of the match – slammed the door shut with a turnover.

The result was effectively sealed when Murray dived over from a 61st-minute ruck, capitalising on a powerful de Allende carry and some nice interplay between replacement Gavin Coombes and Chris Farrell.

Carbery’s conversion widened the margin to 17 points and, as Munster comprehensively ended a run of six straight losses to Leinster, a well-executed maul earned them a penalty try. Leinster debutant Cormac Foley was sin-binned for an illegal collapse.

The scorers:

For Leinster:
Pen: Hawkshaw

For Munster:
Tries: Murray 2, Penalty Try
Cons: Carbery 2
Pens: Carbery 2

Yellow cards: Stephen Archer (Munster, 34 – dangerous play); Cormac Foley (Munster, 71)

Teams:

Leinster: 15 Jordan Larmour, 14 Dave Kearney, 13 Garry Ringrose (captain), 12 Rory O’Loughlin, 11 James Lowe, 10 Harry Byrne, 9 Hugh O’Sullivan, 8 Caelan Doris, 7 Scott Penny, 6 Josh Murphy, 5 Ryan Baird, 4 Ross Molony, 3 Andrew Porter, 2 Dan Sheehan, 1 Ed Byrne.
Replacements: 16 Seán Cronin, 17 Peter Dooley, 18 Michael Bent, 19 James Ryan, 20 Scott Fardy, 21 Cormac Foley, 22 Ciarán Frawley, 23 Tommy O’Brien.

Munster: 15 Mike Haley, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Shane Daly, 10 Joey Carbery, 9 Conor Murray, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Jack O’Donoghue, 6 Peter O’Mahony (captain), 5 Tadhg Beirne, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Stephen Archer, 2 Niall Scannell, 1 Dave Kilcoyne.
Replacements: 16 Diarmuid Barron, 17 Jeremy Loughman, 18 Keynan Knox, 19 Fineen Wycherley, 20 Gavin Coombes, 21 Craig Casey, 22 Ben Healy, 23 Calvin Nash.

Referee: Chris Busby (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Sean Gallagher, Eoghan Cross (both Ireland)
TMO: Joy Neville (Ireland)

Additional source: @Pro14Official

PV: 13
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