A late try by Trevor Leota ended Munster's hopes of Heineken Cup glory for another year. Munster led by ten points with ten minutes to go but two yellow cards for Munster ensured a Wasps victory.
A late try by Trevor Leota ended Munster's hopes of Heineken Cup glory for another year. Munster led by ten points with ten minutes to go but two yellow cards for Munster ensured a Wasps victory.Munster were first off the mark when Ronan O'Gara slotted over a penalty after just two minutes. However, Wasps hit back straight away when Josh Lewsey ran a great line to score their first try, and Alex King converted. O'Gara and King then exchanged penalties, before the Corkman closed the gap to one point with another great kick at goal. However, tragically for Munster that was to be his last contribution to the game as a bruising tackle from Voyce resulted in a hamstring injury that signaled the end of his match. However, his replacement Jason Holland was more than adequate cover, and proved just that to take the lead with a penalty on 38 minutes. However, Wasps weren't done yet, and when Howley charged down a clearance from Holland and passed to Paul Volley there was no stopping the flanker. King converted to see it 12-17 at halftime.If the first half was a scrappy and frantic affair, then the second half was incident and try packed.Wasps dealt Munster a hammer blow within two minutes of the restart when Tom Voyce broke up-field to set up Mark van Gisbergen for the Londoners third try. Munster hit back with a penalty from Holland before a break from Simon Keogh set up Anthony Foley for Munster's first try. Holland converted to take the lead, before skipper Jim Williams had scored their second. Holland again converted and Munster had a ten point lead.However, two yellow cards for Donncha O'Callaghan and Rob Henderson within the space of ten minutes cost Munster that cushion and possibly the match as Wasps duly punished them. Firstly with a penalty from King, and then a converted try from Voyce, which leveled the score at 32-all two minutes into injury time.As the crowd prepared for extra time, Wasps continued to mount pressure on the Munster defense and a scrum 5 metres out released Samoan hooker Trevor Leota, who charged over the line despite the attentions of Stringer and Payne. King sent the extras wide, but it didn't matter, Munster just ran out of time.
For the fifth year in a row, Munster made the semi-finals of the HEC. However, despite a home draw and the phenomenal support from the Red Army behind them, Wasps were simply too good. The Londoners now face Toulouse in the final at Twickenham on May 23rd.Munster: Cullen, Kelly, Mullins, Henderson, Payne, O'Gara, Stringer, Horan, Sheahan, Hayes, O'Callaghan, O'Connell, Williams, Keogh, Anthony Foley.Reps: Flannery, McIlwham, Pusey, Halvey, Reddan, Holland, Horgan.Wasps: Van Gisbergen; Lewsey, Waters, Abbott, Voyce; King, Howley; Dowd, Leota, Green, Shaw, Birkett, Worsley, Volley, Dallaglio.Reps: Payne, Gotting, Purdy, Lock, Richards, Denney, Erinle.Full Details at: www.munsterrugby.ie
Ireland will host the 'Women's Sevens Dublin' at UCD on Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23. Tournament director Garrett Tubridy and Ireland stars Lucy Mulhall, Jenny Murphy and Louise Galvin speak about their excitement ahead of the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series qualifier.
Coach Allen Clarke and stand-in captain Billy Holland answer questions from the media following Emerging Ireland's 45-12 victory over Georgia in the final round of their successful Tbilisi Cup campaign.
Emerging Ireland coach Allen Clarke speaks about his side's five-try 33-7 win over Uruguay in the Tbilisi Cup and the first half injury to captain Rhys Ruddock. They wrap up the tournament against hosts Georgia on Sunday.
Speaking about the floods that occurred following the Tbilisi Cup's first round, Emerging Ireland team manager Joey Miles said: "A natural event like that, a tragedy like that puts the game of rugby into perspective. We express our regrets to the Georgian people and the Georgian Union for the terrible tragedy that they had."
Leinster and Ireland prop Martin Moore gives his support to the IRFU Charitable Trust's Corporate Patron Scheme, and Mick Quinn explains the benefits for companies getting involved. For further information, please contact Linda Black of the Charitable Trust - telephone (01) 6473866 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org / http://www.irishrugby.ie/news/34728.php.
David O'Reilly from the IRFU Charitable Trust's Corporate Patrons Committee speaks about the new scheme which provides businesses with unique networking opportunities and provides a platform for companies to effectively activate their CSR programmes. For further information, please contact Linda Black of the Charitable Trust - telephone (01) 6473866 or email: email@example.com / http://www.irishrugby.ie/news/34728.php.
We spoke to Leinster and Ireland winger Dave Kearney after the Captain's Run at Thomond Park as he prepares to take on some familiar faces and some well-capped stars when the Ireland XV play the Barbarians.
Leinster prop Tadhg Furlong is one of two uncapped players in the Ireland XV starting team to play the Barbarians. We caught up with the young prop at Thomond Park as he prepares to pull on the green jersey.
Jamie Heaslip will captain the Ireland XV against the Barbarians at Thomond Park on Thursday. He spoke to Irish Rugby TV about facing the star-studded visitors and the battle he is relishing with his Leinster colleague Shane Jennings, who captains the Baa Baas.
Ireland Under-20 head coach Nigel Carolan has likened the World Rugby Under-20 Championship to 'a mini Six Nations in three weeks'. His side take on Argentina in their tournament opener in Parma next Tuesday.
Ireland Under-20 backs Nick McCarthy and Garry Ringrose and Feargal O'Rourke from team sponsors PwC spoke to Irish Rugby TV as the squad prepare for the World Rugby U-20 Championship which starts next week in Italy.
We caught up with Sean O'Brien at the Canterbury Ireland training kit launch where he spoke about next week's Barbarians game, the build-up to the Rugby World Cup and 'moving forward' with Leinster next season.