Victory For Leinster At Thomond Park

David Layde
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Leinster have beaten Munster for the fifth time in six games. Leo Cullen’s side withstood a second-half fightback from the Reds to leave Thomond Park with bonus-point 34-24 victory.

Leinster had been 27-5 up at the interval after a first-half blitz with tries from Robbie Henshsaw, Dan Leavy and a penalty try while scrum-half Conor Murray grabbed Munster’s try.

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The hosts reduced the deficit to eight points with tries from Ian Keatley and Andrew Conway but an individual try from Leinster full-back Jordan Larmour  sealed a try scoring bonus-point and the victory.

Conway’s second try late on ensured Munster got a try scoring bonus themselves. Leinster retained just three players – Devin Toner, Jack Conan and Robbie Henshaw – from their recent win over Exeter in the Champions Cup.

Munster saw Ireland internationals Keith Earls and Tommy O’Donnell return for their first starts since late October. Head-coach Johann van Graan also brought in Rhys Marshall and Andrew Conway.