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Newport coach Allan Lewis with Gareth Charles
"We are just one of a number of teams to have fallen to them"
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Munster fly-half Ronan O'Gara
"The crowd were outstanding"
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banner Sunday, 14 January, 2001, 14:00 GMT
O'Gara guides Munster through
Jason Jones-Hughes
Jason Jones-Hughes is crunched by Ronan O'Gara
Newport 24-39 Munster

With the Six Nations just around the corner, Irish fly-half Ronan O'Gara did himself no harm to chalk up 29 points in Munster's win.

The individual brilliance of O'Gara assured Munster, last year's beaten finalists, a place in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals.

The visitors to Rodney Parade posted 19 second half points to give them a flattering winning margin.

Newport coach Allan Lewis was disappointed to go out of the Cup, but was full of praise for Munster.


The Irish crowd were outstanding and really lifted us
  Ronan O'Gara

"We knew they would come back at us, because they have done it so often," he said.

Munster hero O'Gara was overjoyed with the win and paid tribute to the huge band of fans who had made the trip form Ireland.

"We don't make it easy for ourselves, but that's why we've got so many fans, they get good value for money.

"The Irish crowd were outstanding and really lifted us," he said.

  Scoreboard
Newport 24 Newport: Tries: Pini, Mostyn. Cons: Howarth. Pens: Howarth 3. Drop Goals: Howarth
Munster 39 Tries: Horgan, O'Gara, Mullins. Cons: O'Gara 3. Pens: O'Gara 4. Drop Goals: O'Gara 2.
O'Gara nosed his men in front 25-24 in the 74th minute before replacement centre Mike Mullins and wing Anthony Horgan sealed the victory.

Apart from O'Gara, who not surprisingly was declared man of the match, Munster had a highly effective back row trio in Alan Quinlan, David Wallace and Anthony Foley.

Newport dominated the first quarter and swept into a 15-0 lead after right wing Matt Mostyn crashed over in the corner in the 13th-minute.

Howarth kicked a penalty soon after and the home crowd were in full voice when the home side capitalised on a rare O'Gara mistake for Pini to storm over for an unconverted try.

Shane Howarth
Howarth is smothered by Munster's defence
But Mostyn the hero turned villain when he was sin-binned for a dangerous tackle and O'Gara made Newport pay.

He converted his own try and then added a penalty as the visitors narrowed the gap.

Howarth ensured the amber and blacks held a 21-10 advantage at the break after landing a drop goal and a penalty at the end of the half.

But O'Gara and his team-mates took control in the final minutes of the game to deny Newport a spot in the later rounds.


Newport: Pini, Mostyn, Jones-Hughes, Marinos, M Llewellyn, Howarth, Edwards, C Jones, Richards, Snow, Raiwalui, Gough, Popham, Forster, Teichmann.
Replacements: Fortey, Young, Taylor, Powell, E Lewis, Pritchard, Burn.

Munster: Crotty, J O'Neill, Kelly, Keane, Horgan, O'Gara, Stringer, P Clohessy, Sheahan, Hayes, Galwey, Langford, Quinlan, Wallace, Foley.
Replacements: Horan, Blaney, O'Callaghan, O'Driscoll, Tierney, Mullins, Staunton.

Referee: Joel Jatge (France)

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