Tries from Brian O'Driscoll (2), Shane Horgan and Jamie Heaslip helped Leinster to a much prized defeat of Heineken Cup champions Munster at Lansdowne Road.
MAGNERS LEAGUE: Friday, October 6
LEINSTER 27 MUNSTER 20, Lansdowne Road (Att: 27,252)
Scorers: Leinster: Tries: Brian O'Driscoll 2, Shane Horgan, Jamie Heaslip; Cons: Felipe Contepomi 2; Pen: Contepomi
Munster: Tries: David Wallace, Marcus Horan; Cons: Ronan O'Gara 2; Pens: O'Gara 2
Full-Time - LEINSTER 27 MUNSTER 20
80+4 mins: Leinster's record of never having lost a league game at Lansdowne Road is still intact - that's an eight-match run now - but Munster prop Horan has still burrowed over for an injury-time try, which O'Gara converts from in front of the posts to garner a losing bonus point for his side.
Munster deserved it for maintaining their efforts right to the finish in front of a new record crowd for a league game of 27,252. The re-match between these two at homond Park in late December promises to be quite an occasion - Leinster 27 Munster 20
77 mins: A well-worked try for number eight Jamie Heaslip, who punches the air with delight before dotting down in the right corner, chalks up Leinster's bonus point! Heaslip cantered in after Contepomi spotted a numerical advantage out on the right. His arching pass was bang on target. The conversion is missed - Leinster 27 Munster 20
74 mins: Leinster's ability to make a score out of nothing is keeping Munster on their toes and away from the home side's try line. Both sides have just made changes to their respective packs - Australian Owen Finegan is on for Leinster, while Munster have thrown Mick O'Driscoll on and into their back row
64 mins: It's agony for Declan Kidney's side as O'Gara narrowly misses with a long range penalty attempt that would have put the visitors within a converted try of Leinster
60 mins: It's just not Munster's night - dropped balls and wrong options with former skipper Anthony Foley and Manning particularly guilty are seeing a lot of their good work go down the drain. Territorially, they are getting on top but they have nothing to show for it
52 mins: It's great to see young centre Barry Murphy making his comeback for Munster after the leg injury which destroyed last season for him. He came on as a blood sub for Kelly and has just replaced Dowling permanently. While Horan was off, Munster also brought emerging prop Timmy Ryan on for his first taste of action against Leinster
49 mins: Munster notch a penalty for O'Gara who duly slots it over from a fair distance to narrow the gap to nine points - Leinster 22 Munster 13
46 mins: Try number two for O'Driscoll and the game is slipping away from Munster. From a scrum under the Munster posts, Easterby flung a neat pass out to his captain, who was unmarked and had an easy run in. Contepomi's conversion attempt goes wide - Leinster 22 Munster 10
41 mins: A very poor start to the second half for Munster. A yellow card for prop Marcus Horan, who threw a punch, puts them on the back foot immediately
Second Half: Kick-Off: O'Gara restarts, Munster have the wind advantage for this half and it's all to play for. There were no substitutions at the break
Half-Time - LEINSTER 17 MUNSTER 10
40+4 mins: Just what the doctor ordered for Munster. They've roused themselves with an injury-time try, coupled with O'Gara's stunning conversion from the left touchline. The pack really put pressure on the hosts, shoving off three consecutive scrums and the defence eventually caved in with flanker David Wallace driving over, unaided, in the left corner - Leinster 17 Munster 10
39 mins: The massive Leinster crowd are really getting behind their team - Contepomi lands another considerable punch - this time with his right boot - as he is successful with a penalty attempt from all of 50 metres - Leinster 17 Munster 3
32 mins: The try of the league season so far - Shane Horgan completes a great team move, sweeping from the left wing out to the right, to help Leinster go 14-3 clear.
It's straight off the training ground as a lineout in midfield is tapped back by O'Kelly, Easterby swings the ball out to Contepomi, who exchanges passes on the loop with O'Driscoll - with D'Arcy the dummy man - and Denis Hickie, the league's record try scorer, injects real pace, putting on the afterburners to scythe through Munster's middle and offload for Horgan, who sped around Tomas O'Leary, for a fantastic try. Contepomi, back from his time on 'the naughty step', converts - Leinster 14 Munster 3
30 mins: Some decent moments there for John Kelly and Ian Dowling, but the duo are the only Munster men threatening behind the scrum
25 mins: Some sterling defensive work is seeing Leinster keep a leash on the Munster attack. The Heineken Cup champions are playing too much of the game in their own half. Their pack are trying to laid the groundwork for a move, but little is coming off. South African centre Trevor Halstead has impressed so far though, he's lively in both attack and defence
18 mins: Contepomi has spoiled his good work by being sin-binned - and it should have been a red card! With Munster lock Donncha O'Callaghan holding him off the ball, Contepomi first swung an elbow at the Corkman and he then landed with a right hook. After consultation with his touch judge, McDowell reached for his yellow card. That was a let-off for Leinster
13 mins: It's try time for Leinster and a first ever score for captain Brian O'Driscoll against Munster in the league. It came as his international team-mate O'Gara tried to carve something out of nothing. His grubber kick through from his own 22 was latched onto by Contepomi and the Argentinian did well to set up ruck position for the hosts.
Then passes from Gordon D'Arcy and Girvan Dempsey gave O'Driscoll just enough space to dance around the tackle of Jeremy Manning on the left flank and the Ireland skipper gleefully rounded in behind the posts for a seven-pointer. Contepomi converted - Leinster 7 Munster 3
11 mins: The Leinster lineout has looked a good deal steadier in the first quarter with Ireland's record caps holder Malcolm O'Kelly doing well on his own and the opposition's ball and hooker Blaney accurate with his throwing.
A big blow for Munster as flanker Alan Quinlan has been forced off with a hamstring injury. Still when you have a replacement of the quality of Denis Leamy, you cannot complain!
8 mins: It's been a hectic start so far. Plenty of passion and needle on show - referee Simon McDowell has done well to keep a lid on things
6 mins: Leinster are down to 14 men - that's a yellow card for Ronan McCormack, his third this season, for reckless use of the boot. The Dubliner was seen ilegally shoeing new Munster captain Paul O'Connell at the back of a ruck
4 mins: First points on the board for Munster - Ronan O'Gara launches over a left-sided penalty from 15 metres out. Peter Stringer had to hold onto the ball for the kick with the wind getting up around the capital - Leinster 0 Munster 3
First Half: Kick-Off: Felipe Contepomi kicks off for Leinster, with the wind at his back. The hosts have made a total of three late changes with Cameron Jowitt, Brian Blaney and Guy Easterby all starting
Team News: Ireland internationals Malcolm O'Kelly and Gordon D'Arcy have both earned recalls to the Leinster starting line-up for Friday's mouth-watering clash with Munster.
Luke Fitzgerald and Owen Finegan drop to a strong-looking replacements bench, which also includes the fit again Cameron Jowitt and Brian Blaney. Jowitt and Blaney were subsequently added to the Leinster side as Stephen Keogh and Harry Vermaas were dropped in tactical switches.
Chris Whitaker (shoulder) was also a late withdrawal, with Guy Easterby taking his place at scrum half.
In the Munster side, hooker Frankie Sheahan has slotted back in, replacing temporary signing Andy Kyriacou. With both Shaun Payne and Anthony Horgan out injured, Jeremy Manning and Tomas O'Leary step in at full-back and on the left wing respectively.
Included amongst the replacements for the first time this season are back row Denis Leamy and centre Barry Murphy.
Leinster: Girvan Dempsey; Shane Horgan, Brian O'Driscoll (capt), Gordon D'Arcy, Denis Hickie; Felipe Contepomi, Guy Easterby; Ronan McCormack, Brian Blaney, Will Green, Trevor Hogan, Malcolm O'Kelly, Stephen Keogh, Keith Gleeson, Jamie Heaslip.
Replacements: Reggie Corrigan, Harry Vermaas, Owen Finegan, Cameron Jowitt, Matthew D'Arcy, Christian Warner, Luke Fitzgerald.
Munster: Jeremy Manning; Ian Dowling, John Kelly, Trevor Halstead, Tomas O'Leary; Ronan O'Gara, Peter Stringer; Marcus Horan, Frankie Sheahan, Federico Pucciariello, Donncha O'Callaghan, Paul O'Connell (capt), Alan Quinlan, David Wallace, Anthony Foley.
Replacements: Andy Kyriacou, Timmy Ryan, Mick O'Driscoll, Denis Leamy, Tim McGann, Brian O'Meara, Barry Murphy.
Referee: Simon McDowell (Ireland)
Touch Judges: Alan Lewis, Marshall Kilgore (both Ireland)