On this day nine years ago Munster defeated Leinster in the Heineken Cup semi-final

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On April 23rd, 2006 Munster and Leinster met in a Heineken Cup semi-final at Lansdowne Road in what was at the time, the first ever meeting between two Irish sides in a European club competition.  After Leinster had triumphed over Toulouse in the quarter-final they were looking to make it to their first Heineken Cup final, while Munster were looking to get to their third having lost in previous finals to Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers.

horAfter what was an entertaining and physical game of Rugby, Munster led 16-6 with four minutes to go thanks to a try from Denis Leamy and the boot of Ronan O’Gara. With still time for Leinster to mount a comeback, Ronan O’Gara sealed the win for Munster as he received the ball from Peter Stringer and shrugged off the tackle of Malcolm O’Kelly to touch down under the posts.

 

However Munster weren’t finished the scoring just yet with Trevor Halstead intercepting a Guy Easterby pass and ran the length of the field to complete a memorable day for all involved with Munster. O’Gara converted the try with Munster defeating their Irish rivals 30-6. In the end Munster went to Cardiff’s Millennium stadium to take on Biarritz in the Heineken Cup final and it proved to be third time lucky as they defeated the French side 23-19 and at the time became only the second ever Irish side to win Club Rugby’s elite competition.

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