Munster reached the final of the B&I Cup after beating a strong Leinster team in extra-time at the RDS.

Munster were ahead 9-6 at the break thanks to three penalties by Scott Deasy to two from Leinster out-half Noel Reid, who ended up with a 19-point haul.

Leinster, who had Ireland internationals David Kearney, Dominic Ryan and Rhys Ruddock in their ranks, looked to have secured the win after converted tries by Ireland Under-20 scrum-half Luke McGrath and wing-forward Ryan put them 20-9 in front.

But a quickfire pair of converted tries by Munster wing Luke O’Dea and Clontarf flanker Barry O’Mahony, a sub for the team in red, put Munster in control.

Leinster went ahead through two more Reid penalties but Deasy levelled matters and after he missed two late penalty chances, the game went to extra time.

Leinster drew first blood, Reid slotting another kick to put them three clear. But Deasy brought the sides level before prop Dave Kilcoyne got over for a final converted try that proved decisive.

Munster’s defence held firm in the final 10 minutes and they progress from a match that attracted a crowd of close to 5,000 to the Friday night clash at RDS.