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Pro12 | Thomond Park
17:15 (GMT) | 20-05-2017
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The ball is lost and the referee blows. FULL TIME
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The Ospreys still looking for a way through but the Munster defence showing no signs of any weakness
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Tipuric gets the ball along the wing and breaks into space. The hosts' defence reforms and they hold the line
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Ospreys looking for something after the restart kick. They press into the 22. Munster intercept but the ball is knocked on. Scrum to the visitors
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Conversion kick is wide
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Ospreys on the defence after the line-out and the clearance is charged down. Scrum at the 5 of the away team for Munster and a quick ball sends Andrew Conway over the line to score the TRY
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Bleyendaal gets it after some tussling and he sends it into touch around the away team 22
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The Munster side have a scrum and the ball is booted to the Ospreys 22 after it's pulled out the back
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The Ospreys move forward after the throw and make it over the line as the game reaches it's dying stages. The referee reviews for a possible earlier knock on. No try
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Munster get penalized and the ball is kicked into touch inside their half
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Munster have a penalty in a decent position. Bleyendaal takes the kick and puts it over
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Ospreys give away a soft penalty and Munster have line-out
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Munster team trying to hold the ball but the Ospreys counter ruck is good. The referee blows for a penalty; not rolling away. Biggar puts it into touch around the 22
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Bleyendaal adds the extras
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They move the ball along the 5 and and make it over the line, Simon Zebo the man to bag the points
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Scrum for the hosts at the 5 of the visitors
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Ospreys have a scrum at the half way
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Munster penalized and Biggar sends it into touch, but Ospreys are then penalized in the line-out and the ball is cleared into touch around the half way
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Ospreys laying on intense pressure out wide around the 22 but a missed pass goes into touch
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The hosts moving the ball around looking for space but can't find any gaps. A stray pass is snatched up by the Ospreys and they look to build now
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The line-out taken and Munster make it to the 5 of the Ospreys. They put the attackers in touch. The visitors win the ball after the throw and clear into the 22 to relieve some of the pressure
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Ospreys turnover and play their way inside the 22 of the Munster side. They give away a penalty and the ball is sent into touch at the opposite 22 with a huge kick.
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Munster have a line-out and Nial Scannell bombards his way through the maul making it to the 5 of the away team along the wing
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The Ospreys on the attack after the whistle, looking for a quick start to the second half. The referee blows for a penalty to the hosts. Scrum at the Munster 22
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The referee blows and the second half is underway

Half Time

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Munster on the attack as the horn sounds but the hosts keep it in play looking to extend their lead some more before the whistle. They get a penalty in an attacking position and Tyler Bleyendaal sets up for the kick. He takes his shot and adds 3 more. HALF TIME
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Ospreys fumble the a line-out and Munster move forward but lose it shortly after in a ruck. Good defence by the visitors
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The ball knocked on. Scrum for Ospreys
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Scrum for Munster and the ball is cleared
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Ospreys making ground convincingly but another handling error at the 22 ends the attack
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He takes his kick and sends it wide
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Munster give away a penalty and Biggar steps up for a chance to put his team ahead
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The Ospreys probe after the restart and Giles finds himself in possession. He turns on the gas making it into the 22 before the attack is halted due to a forward pass
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The conversion kick hits the upright and bounces outward
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Munster at the 5 now along the touch line. Rory Scannell keeps it in and Saili scoops it up and goes over the line. The referee refers to the TMO and the try is awarded
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The ball is lost forward in the ruck by the Ospreys and Munster have a throw at the 22. They take their line-out and maul inside the 22 with incredible force
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Both teams kicking back and forth looking for some territory. It's finally put into touch at the Ospreys 10
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Munster with a line-out in the Osprey 22. They push looking to get some points on the board
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The home team make their way forward looking to respond as we reach the 20 minute mark but the ball carrier is tackled into touch for a Osprey throw
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Ospreys lose it forward in the line-out after the ball is cleared from the Munster 22. Scrum to the home team
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The referee reviews a dangerous tackle on Biggar and and the Ospreys have another line-out at the 22
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Ospreys get a penalty and have a line-out at the 22
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Line-out for the hosts inside their 10 now
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Munster penalized and Biggar sets up for a kick. He takes his shot and opens the scoring with 3 points
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Munster look for a clearance under pressure. The ball goes into touch at the Ospreys 22 and it's taken quickly
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The ball is knocked on after the line-out. Scum to Munster on the Ospreys 22
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Ospreys get a penalty and put it into touch at the 22 for a line-out
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And we're off!
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Welcome to the PRO12 semi final at Thomond Park, where Munster take on Ospreys
Mc munster ed
Mc ospreys ed
  • 15 Andrew Conway
  • 14 Keith Earls
  • 13 Sam Arnold
  • 12 Rory Scannell
  • 11 Alex Wootton
  • 10 Ian Keatley
  • 9 Conor Murray
  • 8 Christiaan Stander
  • 7 Jack O'Donoghue
  • 6 Peter O'Mahony
  • 5 Billy Holland
  • 4 Jean Kleyn
  • 3 Stephen Archer
  • 2 Niall Scannell
  • 1 David Kilcoyne
  • 23 Simon Zebo
  • 22 JJ Hanrahan
  • 21 James Hart
  • 20 Robin Copeland
  • 19 Gerbrandt Grobler
  • 18 John Ryan
  • 17 James Cronin
  • 16 Rhys Marshall
  • 15 Dan Evans
  • 14 Jeff Hassler
  • 13 Kieron Fonotia
  • 12 Owen Watkins
  • 11 Cory Allen
  • 10 Dan Biggar
  • 9 Tom Habberfield
  • 8 James King
  • 7 Sam Cross
  • 6 Guy Mercer
  • 5 Alun Wyn Jones
  • 4 Adam Beard
  • 3 Dmitri Arhip
  • 2 Sam Parry
  • 1 Nicky Smith
  • 23 James Hook
  • 22 Sam Davies
  • 21 Brendon Leonard
  • 20 Gareth Thomas
  • 19 Lloyd Ashley
  • 18 Ma'afu Fia
  • 17 Paul James
  • 16 Scott Baldwin
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PREVIEW: Munster v Ospreys

Fri, 19 May 2017 07:28

PRO12 SEMIFINAL: Two of the most storied teams in the Pro12 Championship meet for the third time in the Pro12 semifinals at Thomond Park.

Munster will be looking to join their opponents Ospreys on a total of four titles. 

The men in red finished on top of the table after 22 rounds but despite some unexpected results for Ospreys, they possess plenty of quality in their ranks to spring an upset.
This is another fixture that will provide a showcase for some of the most elite talents in the Pro12 with seven British & Irish Lions involved between both teams. 

Munster will look to Conor Murray, Christiaan Stander and Peter O'Mahony to set the tone.

However, Ospreys will boast the calibre of Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb, Justin Tipuric and Alun Wyn Jones. 

This will be a titanic battle to rival the Six Nations clashes of Ireland and Wales.

It has been an emotional campaign for Munster, but they showed great mental resilience to finish top of the Pro12.

The death of head coach Anthony Foley in October was devastating for the team, but they stuck together and compiled an immense campaign.

Now they host Ospreys knowing they are just one win away from a return to the final, and a chance to win the Pro12 for the first time in six years.

Prediction: Munster have played in seven previous Pro12 semifinals, winning four, three of these have been at Thomond Park. The Munstemen's only defeat in the Pro12 since Round Six was 21-30 to Scarlets in Limerick at the end of February - Munster's only defeat at the venue in any competition since Christmas 2015. Ospreys only victory in the last five rounds of Pro12 was 24-10 at home to Ulster on 29 April. Ospreys have lost their last three away games in the Championship but have not lost four in a row on the road since season 2014/15. The Welshmen have won just once on their last six visits to an Irish Province: 32-11 against Connacht in Galway in Round Two this season. Munster have lost only one of their last five fixtures against Ospreys, 17-21 in Cork in February 2016 whilst Ospreys have not won in Limerick since September 2014. The two sides have met in three previous Pro12 semifinals with Munster having the edge by two wins to one. Munster are a different beast this season and they should take it by at least 15 points.


Munster: 15 Simon Zebo, 14  Andrew Conway, 13 Francis Saili, 12 Rory Scannell, 11 Keith Earls, 10 Tyler Bleyendaal, 9 Conor Murray, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Tommy O'Donnell (captain), 6 Peter O’Mahony, 5 Billy Holland, 4 Donnacha Ryan, 3 John Ryan, 2 Niall Scannell, 1 Dave Kilcoyne.
Replacements: 16, Rhys Marshall, 17 James Cronin, 18 Stephen Archer, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Jack O’Donoghue, 21 Duncan Williams, 22 Ian Keatley, 23 Jaco Taute.

Ospreys: 15 Dan Evans, 14 Keelan Giles, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Ashley Beck, 11 Tom Habberfield, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 James King, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Sam Underhill, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Rhodri Jones, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Nicky Smith.
Replacements: 16 Scott Otten, 17 Paul James, 18 Dan Suter, 19 Lloyd Ashley, 20 Olly Cracknell, 21 Brendon Leonard, 22 Sam Davies, 23 Josh Matavesi.

Date: Saturday, May 20
Venue: Thomond Park, Limerick
Kick-off: 18.15 (17.15 GMT)
Referee: Luke Pearce (England)
Assistant referees: Matthew O'Grady (England), Wayne Falla (England)
TMO: Graham Hughes (England)

Simon Zebo (61min) and Andrew Conway (73min)
Dan Biggar (7min)
VENUE Thomond Park