|Munster (7) 20|
|Tries: Cronin, Haley Cons: Healy, Carbery Pens: Healy, Carbery|
|Connacht (10) 17|
|Tries: Healy, Boyle Cons: Carty 2 Pen: Carty|
Munster reached the Pro14 ultimate for the primary time since 2017 due to a 20-17 win over Connacht in a splendidly entertaining derby.
Matt Healy and James Cronin traded first-half tries as the edges went toe-to-toe on the high of Convention B.
Needing any kind of win to seal high spot, Munster went forward via a sensational Mike Haley attempt.
Paul Boyle responded for Connacht however Joey Carbery’s penalty gave the hosts the decisive victory.
It means Munster now maintain an unassailable 12-point lead on the high of the convention with simply two video games remaining.
Their opponents for the ultimate on 27 March will probably be both Leinster or Ulster, who meet in Belfast on Saturday night time.
Leinster maintain a six-point lead on the high of Convention B so might guide their ultimate berth in the event that they safe 5 factors and deny Ulster any dropping bonus-points.
Connacht scrap to maintain faint hopes alive
Getting into the sport 9 factors behind Munster, Connacht knew in actuality that even with a win in Limerick they would wish numerous outcomes to go their manner in the event that they have been to overhaul their rivals at this late stage of the season.
They started with livid intent and hit the entrance after 5 minutes when Healy collected the superb Jack Carty’s looping move.
With quite a few internationals taking part in for either side, there have been intriguing subplots proper throughout the pitch. Bundee Aki, who was disregarded of Eire’s matchday squad for his or her win over Italy, was on his recreation defensively and produced an excellent turnover in entrance of his personal line as Connacht absorbed waves of Munster stress.
Having twice been held up over the road Munster’s perseverance lastly paid off as Cronin bought over from shut vary.
The place Munster loved the longer spells with good territory, Connacht’s work on the breakdown was excellent whereas their defensive line-out completely dominated Munster’s set-piece all through.
Even once they went right down to 14 males early within the second half, when Aki was proven a yellow card for a deliberate knock-on, Connacht continued to supply a relentless bodily effort.
Their resolve was lastly damaged within the 58th minute via a second of particular person brilliance from Haley, who took the ball out of the air, created area with a powerful fend then executed the proper chip-and-chase to get past Tiernan O’Halloran and put his facet forward for the primary time.
Shortly after Connacht responded with a fantastic transfer of their very own, which was illegally disrupted by Chris Cloete beneath the posts, leaving referee Chris Busby with no alternative however to indicate the flanker a yellow card.
Boyle made use of his facet’s numerical benefit to dive via a niche as Connacht stretched the Munster defence to degree.
Nevertheless it was Carbery, in solely his second look since getting back from over a 12 months on the sidelines, who slotted a regulation penalty to tilt the sport in Munster’s favour.
Munster: M Haley; A Conway, C Farrell, R Scannell, S Daly; B Healy, C Casey; J Cronin, N Scannell, S Archer; F Wycherley, B Holland (C); J O’Donoghue, C Cloete, G Coombes.
Replacements: Okay O’Byrne, J Loughman, John Ryan, J Kleyn, J O’Sullivan, N McCarthy, J Carbery, D de Allende.
Connacht: T O’Halloran; J Porch, T Daly, B Aki, M Healy, J Carty, C Blade; D Buckley, D Heffernan, F Bealham, U Dillane, G Thornbury, J Butler, C Oliver, P Boyle
Replacements: S Delahunt, M Burke, J Aungier, N Murray, E Masterson, Okay Marmion, S O’Brien, A Wootton