Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Points machine Ronan OGara kicked Munster to a 24-23 victory over Leinster in their Magners League meeting at Thomond Park. They remain top of the table after the rivals battled it out for eighty minutes in a closely fought affair.
A last gasp penalty by OGara denied Leinster of a famous victory in Limerick, despite them scoring the only try of the match, a top quality team try that was finished well by wing Shane Horgan.
Munster had been 20-9 down at half time but managed to get back into the game with OGara taking his opportunities and remaining ice cool when the big moment arose.
The win for Munster leaves them 12 points clear of second place Ulster.
OGara had a bad black eye after the game from a knock, but will be fit for Munsters Amlin Challenge Cup quarter final against Brive this coming weekend.
"You only have to look at their home record, some of the teams they've beaten - Stade Francais, Clermont, Perpignan, Toulon - to see its going to be a tough assignment for us," said OGara.
"They're a typical French side, they take pride in their home performance, their supporters expect that, so it's going to be massive task for us to win there."
Below are short highlights from the match. You can also view the kick and an interview with O'Gara from after the match here .