As It Happened: Munster 15-9 Saracens

Updated: Saturday, 08 Dec 2012 19:07

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Relive the action from Thomond Park as Munster hosted Saracens in round 3 of the Heineken Cup.


Munster 15-9 Saracens

Northampton 6-25 Ulster

Connacht 22-14 Biarrtiz



Conor Murray kicks it out. FULL-TIME MUNSTER 15-9 SARACENS

79 mins

James Coughlan is man of the match. 

79 mins

Another penalty for Saracens, Farrell will have another go (25m) to get closer to a losing bonus point, two minutes left. It's good. Munster 15-9 Saracens

77 mins

And Munster take it against the head again, they clear but then go off their feet at the ruck, we're back with a Sarries line-out on the Munster 22. 

76 mins

O'Gara's drop out goes out on the full, scrum on the 22 for Sarries...

75 mins

Zebo is late on Chris Ashton and the touch-judge mentions it to the ref, penalty to Saracens on the Munster 22. Farrell will try to put six between the sides with this one. It hits the post, let off, four misses from six kicks for Farrell. Zebo off for Ian Keatley. 

73 mins

Munster nearly get clear but Coughlan's pass to Murray is forward. Sarries win a penalty and kick to just outside the Munster 22. 

67 mins

Damian Varley, Wian du Preez and Casey Laulala on now for Munster, Sarries much improved in this half, they look threatening. 

65 mins

Will Fraser bundles over at the corner covered by Howlett and Zebo, ref asks the TMO try or non? Replay shows 'non'.

63 mins

Dave O'Callaghan is replaced by Paddy Butler. Tackles made in 2nd half: Munster 7 Saracens 34

58 mins

Munster sloppy with a couple of passes and they give away a penalty, Farrell's kick, from 44m, is wide. 2/5 for the England out-half.

54 mins

Another penalty for Munster, tacklers getting in the way at the ruck, ref says next time he'll produce a card for the offender, easy kick for O'Gara. Munster 15-6 Saracens

50 mins

Munster take one against the head, it results in a penalty as the Saracens backline comes up too early. O'Gara slots it from 20m. Munster 12-6 Saracens 

44 mins

From the restart Sarries win another penalty, the IRB Player of the Year nominee gets this one. Munster 9-6 Saracens

43 mins

Pascal Gauzere hands Saracens a chance to get back into it, Donncha O'Callaghan over the top this time. Farrell's kick from 46m drops short. Pens conceded: Munster 10 Saracens 8 

41 mins

Second half under way. 


HALF-TIME: MUNSTER 9-3 SARACENS O'Gara just wide with a late drop-goal. 

39 mins

Ernst Joubert interferes with Donncha O'Callaghan in the line-out, handing O'Gara a chance to cancel out the last penalty, it's high and handsome. Munster 9-3 Saracens

37 mins

Munster scrum is penalised, ref says front row came up early, replay suggests that it was the Saracens front row that popped up first. Farrell's kick from the 22 is good. Munster 6-3 Saracens

31 mins

Both teams now back up to 15.

29 mins

A number of Saracens forwards go off their feet and O'Gara has a chance to extend the lead, to the right of the posts about 35 metres out, it's perfect. Munster 6-0 Saracens


It's 8-3 to Racing against Edinburgh in the other Pool 1 game. 

20 mins

Schmozzle on the far side, officials having a chat now, Donncha O'Callaghan is yellow-carded alongside Rhys Gill. 

14 mins

Mike Sherry goes over the top and presents Owen Farrell with a shot from distance but it drops just short. Munster with 60% of possession after 14 mins and the territory is 50/50. 

8 mins

Munster with all the early pressure, Murray and Zebo go close but there's a knock on under the post, Saracens clear.

5 mins

Ronan O'Gara gives Munster the lead with a penalty after offside from Saracens. Munster 3-0 Saracens


Game is under way at Thomond Park. 


Saracens: Alex Goode; Chris Ashton, Owen Farrell, Brad Barritt, David Strettle; Charlie Hodgson, Neil de Kock; Rhys Gill, Schalk Brits, Matt Stevens; Steve Borthwick (c), Mouritz Botha; Kelly Brown, Will Fraser, Ernst Joubert.

Replacements: John Smit, Mako Vunipola, Petrus du Plessis, George Kruis, Andy Saull, Richard Wigglesworth, Joel Tomkins, Chris Wyles


Munster: Felix Jones; Doug Howlett (c), Keith Earls, James Downey, Simon Zebo; Ronan O'Gara, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Mike Sherry, BJ Botha; Donncha O'Callaghan, Donnacha Ryan; Dave O'Callaghan, Peter O'Mahony, James Coughlan.

Replacements: Damian Varley, Wian du Preez, Stephen Archer, Billy Holland, Paddy Butler, Duncan Williams, Ian Keatley, Casey Laulala.


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