Thursday, October 02, 2008
Munster took the derby honours this past weekend as they defeated rivals Leinster 18-0 at the RDS. The win meant that reigning Magners League champions Leinster's eight match home winning streak came to end, five years to the month of their last home loss.
Munster were keen for revenge after having lost twice to Leinster last season, and not having beaten them since European success at Lansdowne Road two years ago
The all Irish clash was ironically sealed in the end with tries by a South African and a Kiwi, with Ronan OGara taking the Man of the Match honours for his all round play.
Leinsters Argentinean star Felipe Contepomi was disappointing though, as he missed three penalties early on in the game.
At 6-0 with 12 minutes left, the result could have gone either way but it was surprise hero Justin Melck who scored a splendid try that was enough to extend the lead and swing the game in Munsters favour.
A last minute Doug Howlett speciality, from a deft kick by OGara, was the nail in the coffin as Munster secured a most memorable of wins.