Munster 15 - 9 Saracens

Match info: Rugby Champions Cup at Thomond Park, Limerick

Date: 08/12/2012 KO: 18:00 Att: 26,500

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


PenaltiesO'Gara (5, 30, 39, 50, 54)



PenaltiesFarrell (37, 44, 79)

FT (ht: 9-3)

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  • Munster 15 Saracens 9

  • Munster take the ball through their backs for several phases. They're running down the clock and when the time is up on the clock Murray boots the ball into the crowd. That's the end of the match! Munster deserve this win as they held the upperhand for large periods, especially during the second half. But Saracens, and in particular Farrell, will ruing those missed penalties which would have made a huge difference to the end result.

  • PENALTY, SARACENS, FARRELL. 15-9. Farrell finally lands one from the kicking tee after Munster are pinned for an infringement at a ruck.

  • Hodgson puts the ball out on the edge of Munster's 22 after several Munster forwards go off their feet at a ruck.

  • Farrell steps up to take another shot at goal after Simon Zebo is penalised for pushing Chris Ashton off the ball. But once again the Sarries centre is off target! This time his effort hits the upright and O'Gara dots the ball down behind his try-line.

  • Botha is penalised for illegal scrummaging. Hodgson puts the ball into touch midway between Munster's 22 and the halfway mark.

  • Conor Murray is blown up for not putting the ball in straight at a scrum. Sarries opt to take a scrum.

  • Sarries are trying desperately to get something out of this match but lose momentum when George Kruis is blown up for holding onto the ball on the ground. O'Gara puts the ball out on the edge of Sarries' 22.

  • David Strettle runs onto a long pass from Farrell and sets off on a run down the touchline! He beats one defender but is tackled into touch by Felix Jones.

  • Saracens are stringing several phases together and are soon inside Munster's 22. They create an overlap and Will Fraser is in the clear! He makes a dash for the line but fails to score as Howlett and Simon Zebo combine to keep him out. After consulting the TMO, the referee rules that no try has been scored.

  • Murray spots a gap behind Sarries' defence and launches poorly executed box kick which rolls over the dead-ball line.

  • Munster are on the attack after James Downey runs a brilliant line to take a pass from Murray! Nothing comes of it though as Sarries soon win a turnover.

  • Farrell gets another chance to narrow the gap after several Munster players are pinned for going off their feet at a ruck. But once again his penalty attempt is off-target.

  • Keith Earls makes a sniping break but Kelly Brown does well when he brings him to ground with a fine tackle.

  • PENALTY, MUNSTER, O'GARA! 15-6. O'Gara adds the extras after Joubert fails to roll away at a ruck.

  • PENALTY, MUNSTER, O'GARA! 12-6. O'Gara adds another three-pointer after Charlie Hodgson is pinned for being offside.

  • Munster put huge pressure on Sarries at a scrum and win a deserved tighthead!

  • Brits is blown up for not releasing Doug Howlett in the tackle and O'Gara puts the ball into touch about 10 metres outside Saracens' 22.

  • PENALTY, SARACENS, FARREL! 9-6. Farrell makes up for his earlier miss with a three-pointer after Donnacha Ryan is penalised for an infringement at a maul.

  • Farrell gets a chance to narrow the gap to three points after O'Callaghan is pinned for a ruck infringement. However, once again he fails to strike it properly and the ball falls just short of the cross-bar.


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