Friday, April 15, 2011
Munster came away 42-37 winners over Brive in the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter final on the weekend, one of the more entertaining European games of the round. It's been highly requested, so here's the tries from the match.
Th visitors flew off into the lead with a great start, but Brive came back well and it soon became clear that both sides were out to play, in perfect conditions at the Stadium Municipal Amedee Domenech in France.
Munster scored five tries in total, to the four of Brive, and played some highly attractive rugby with Keith Earls and Doug Howlett in particular both showing how lethal they can on the front foot, in open space. They each scored two, while replacement scrumhalf Peter Stringer picked up a try of his own.
Ronan O'Gara kicked the rest of the points, 17 in total, while Brive came back admirably at the end with tries to Alexis Palisson and Shaun Perry. A dramatic finish wasn't on the cards though, as Munster held on for the win.
"The intercept from Palisson really hurt us around the 70-minute mark. That gave them a great springboard into the game and then they had the fortitude and the courage to keep coming back at us, which we knew they would," said coach Tony McGahan.
"We certainly recognise, playing French sides, that you need to make sure you're in front on the scoreboard to not give them any hope. You saw how the game ebbed and flowed, and how they played when they were in front and when they were behind. So we needed to be a little bit more clinical, more on our defence obviously."
Munster will face Harlequins next in the semi final.