Monday, December 08, 2008
Munster slipped to their first defeat in Europe since lifting the Heineken Cup but a bonus point in Clermont-Auvergne kept their qualification hopes alive.
Brock James scored all of Clermont's points, including six penalties and a second-half try, to keep his team in the tournament with a repeat of last season's victory over the European champions.
But Ronan O'Gara's 73rd-minute penalty ensured Munster left France with a potentially crucial losing bonus point that keeps them in touch with leaders Sale Sharks with two of their next three pool games at home.
Marcus Horan got the visitors off to a nice lead in the 25th minute with a well taken try after OGara and James had traded two penalties each early on.
James kept Clermont in the game though with some pinpoint kicking after Munster gave away a series of penalties.
The home side stepped up a gear and it was James himself who beat two tackles to score a crucial try.
A moment of ill-discipline handed Munster the chance at a bonus point, as Pierre Mignoni conceded a penalty, which was followed by them being marched back another 10 years after comments made by the players.
OGara obliged, and the match finished 25-19 to the home side.
These highlights include not only the tries, but a few big hits too. Enjoy.