Saracens 19 - 13 Munster

Match info: Rugby Champions Cup at Vicarage Road

Date: 16/12/2012 KO: 15:00 Att: 16,223

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


TriesStrettle (21)ConversionsFarrell (21)PenaltiesFarrell (9, 57, 60, 77)



TriesHowlett (26)ConversionsO'Gara (26)PenaltiesO'Gara (17, 51)

FT (ht: 10-10)

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  • Full-time in Watford and Saracens pick up priceless win, with Pool 1 now in their own hands. Munster meanwhile know they have it all to do in Rounds 5 & 6.

  • A huge penalty win for Stevens at scrum-time as - following a couple of resets - the clock ticks down. It's all about winning their line-out and putting it out now.

  • Munster weren't done though and threw everything at Saracens in the home 22. Unfortunately for them though, a speculative Laulala offload went forward so Sarries fans can breathe again. They must first win their scrum and clear their lines though.

  • FARRELL PENALTY! 19-13! Fraser has just made amends. Munster looked to go from their own 22 and it backfired as Zebo was isolated and the English flanker pounced to win his side a key penalty. The rest was all down to Farrell.

  • O'Gara's penalty miss almost turns into something more for Munster though as he puts up a high one that is not taken. However, Sherry loses the ball forward in contact before a scrum penalty goes the way of Saracens. Huge minute for the hosts.

  • Well well, he is human in the Heineken Cup. O'Gara has just hooked one after Stevens failed to roll away 40 metres out. Is that their opportunity gone?

  • O'Gara decides to go high again here (still with a man advantage) but that's a fine take from Wyles, who calls the mark while Fraser has a minute more to wait.

  • Two moments of high class rugby there. First O'Gara kicked a beautiful touch-finder into Saracens' corner but in response Smit's line-out was superb before De Kock responded with a great kick of his own. Munster line-out close to halfway.

  • Saracens will drop-out then which means Munster will come again, this time from their own half via the airborne route. But that's a great catch in the wet from fly-half Farrell who calls for the mark in his 22. Doing the basics will be key from here on in.

  • O'Gara in the pocket...he's missed!

  • This is relentless from Munster as 22 phases are racked up.

  • So Munster have a one-man advantage and territory to utilise that on the home 22. Can they make this count as Fraser watches on from the sidelines.

  • FRASER YELLOW! It's for a high shot on Howlett.

  • Brits is off for John Smit and will throw in 25 metres from his own line. Chris Wyles is also on for Goode at full-back as Mark McCall brings on some fresh legs.

  • FARRELL PENALTY! 16-13! Great kick.

  • Laulala has just lined up Farrell with a big hit on halfway, but soon after a Munster forward fails to roll away so Farrell can push his side ahead from 40 out.

  • FARRELL PENALTY! 13-13! We're level again after an huge scrum leads to Munster collapsing. No time spared by Farrell as he levels from in front.

  • But a bad pass to Farrell sees a fumble so the chance goes.

  • So for the first time today, Saracens are behind. On comes Neil de Kock for Wigglesworth with the hosts attacking with purpose here on the 22. Goode looks for the grubber and that is clever from Ashton as he drags Zebo into touch five metres out.

  • O'GARA PENALTY! 10-13! Ashton has just made a big error by not releasing the ball after being tackled by O'Dea so up steps O'Gara from distance, looking to make the England wing pay. He does with a lovely strike in the pouring rain. Munster lead.


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