Thursday 17 January 2019

Pistol Pete fires Reds to a famous victory

Leicester 16 Munster 25

Peter O’Mahony of Munster celebrates vicrtory over Leicester
Peter O’Mahony of Munster celebrates vicrtory over Leicester

Peter O'Mahony showed why the IRFU dished out a new national contract to keep the flanker at Munster.

The captain's Man of the Match impact from claiming a remarkable ten lineouts and two steals were at the heart of their magnificently resilient triumph over Leicester Tigers at Welford Road yesterday.

From one of those steals, Conor Murray was afforded the room to take a gap for 20 metres.

Number eight CJ Stander was on the premises to drive to the line for 19-10 in the 44th minute.

They had to survive a yellow card for replacement prop John Ryan's cynical slap down of the ball in the 62nd minute.

Previous to that, Leicester tight-head Dan Cole had committed five penalties to finally be shown yellow by French referee Mathieu Raynal just on the cusp of half-time.

By that time, Ian Keatley's four penalties had wiped out Mat Tait's try and points from the boot of George Ford for Munster to hold a 12-10 edge.

The Irish were able to strike for 10 points during Cole's 10-minute absence.

In return, they were able to manage the game well enough to not concede a score while Ryan sheepishly sat on the sideline.

The game was right there for The Tigers when Ford landed a penalty to make it 19-16 just as Ryan left the field.

In fact, Munster finished the stronger for Keatley to strike in the 73rd and 77th minutes.

"You work bloody hard to get a win here, eleven years it has taken us," said O'Mahony.

"We knew coming here it wasn't going to be that open. We had to buckle up.

"The boys battled it out hard and it was a great performance from us."

The last time they stormed Leicester successfully, it took a shot to nothing on a mud-patch from Ronan O'Gara to seal it.

This time around they had Keatley, who survived a shaky opening, to swing for 20 priceless points.

Munster have taken a four-point lead of Pool Four ahead of Racing 92 with two rounds to go.

It could hinge on the away day at Racing next month.

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