Munster shatter Leicester's play-off hopes
CHAMPIONS CUP REPORT: A 25-16 victory at Welford Road saw Munster seize control of European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 4 and leave Leicester's hope of reaching the quarter-finals in tatters.
George Ford and Ian Keatley exchanged penalties before Matthew Tait scored under the posts for his first try in 37 games. Ford added the extras.
That was just about as good as it got for Tigers, as three further Keatley penalties before the break made the scoreline 12-10 to the visitors at the interval.
Dan Cole was sin-binned at the end of an ill-disciplined first half for the hosts, and a CJ Stander try just three minutes after the restart saw the visitors take a firm grip. It was set up by Conor Murray's burst from a lineout.
There was briefly hope for Leicester courtesy of two Ford penalties, the second of which saw John Ryan yellow carded, as they reduced arrears to 16-19.
However, Keatley responded with two penalties of his own in the last seven minutes to put the game, and the 2017/18 Champions Cup, out of Leicester's reach.
Pens: Ford 3
Pens: Keatley 6
Yellow cards: Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), John Ryan (Munster)
Leicester: 15 Mathew Tait, 14 Adam Thompstone, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Sione Kalamafoni 7 Mike Williams, 6 Tino Mapapalangi, 5 Graham Kitchener, 4 Michael Fitzgerald, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Tom Youngs, 1 Kyle Traynor.
Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Logovi’i Mulipola, 18 Chris Baumann, 19 Dom Barrow, 20 Luke Hamilton, 21 Sam Harrison, 22 Joe Ford, 23 Nick Malouf.
Munster: 15 Simon Zebo, 14 Darren Sweetnam, 13 Sam Arnold, 12 Rory Scannell, 11 Alex Wootton, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Christiaan Stander 7 Chris Cloete, 6 Peter O'Mahony, 5 Billy Holland, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Stephen Archer, 2 Kevin O'Byrne, 1 Dave Kilcoyne.
Replacements: 16 Niall Scannell, 17 Brian Scott, 18 John Ryan, 19 Darren O'Shea, 20 Jack O'Donoghue, 21 Duncan Williams, 22 JJ Hanrahan, 23 Keith Earls.
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
Assistant referees: Tual Trainini (France), Mathieu Noirot (France)
TMO: Philippe Bonhoure (France)