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Last Updated: Friday, 13 February, 2004, 21:57 GMT
Munster 24-13 Leinster

CELTIC LEAGUE
Munster centre Rob Henderson
Munster (10) 24
Tries: Kelly 2, Henderson, Lawlor 
Cons: Holland 2
Leinster (13) 13
Try: Kearney
Con: Leek
Pens: Leek 2
Munster completed a Celtic League double over Leinster and earned their seventh bonus point of the campaign at Musgrave Park on Friday night.

The men in red clinched the win through an injury-time try from John Kelly.

Leinster held on to a three-point lead for most of the second half but Rob Henderson's try and Kelly's second of the game saw Munster through.

It was a fourth consecutive win for Munster who coped better with their injuries and international call-ups.

Leinster, a place below Munster in the table, were kicked into the lead by Matt Leek's third-minute penalty.

Munster's Mossie Lawlor replied three minutes later when he ended a sweeping move which saw flanker Eddie Halvey loop a pass out wide for the left winger to romp home.

Booming kick

Leinster regained the lead after 15 minutes with Leek's second penalty this time from the left.

Henderson inspired Munster and Kelly's first try as his booming kick paved the way for a swift line-out move and switch with outhalf Jason Holland before the centre put Kelly over to the left of the Leinster posts.

Leinster regained the lead in the third minute of stoppage time, as Aidan Kearney bumped off a tackle from Jason Jones-Hughes to ground the ball after a Leinster maul.

Henderson touched down after six pairs of Munster hands had handled the ball from their own 22 to the visitors' line with nine minutes remaining.

Kelly's effort confirmed another late bonus point win for Munster.


Munster: Payne, Kelly, Jones Hughes, Henderson, Lawlor, Holland, Reddan, Kerr, Blaney, McIlwham, Hogan, Pusey, Williams, Halvey, Keogh.
Replacements: Crotty, McPhail, O'Sullivan, F. Murphy, P. Malone, T. Hayes, D. Sheahan, Flannery, Roche.

Leinster: Norton, McWeeney, Warner, Quinlan, Burke, Leek, O'Riordan, Bohan, G. Hickie, Coyle, Kearney, Gissing, Breslin, Jennings, Dillon.
Replacements: Brophy, D. Blaney, Crawford, Potts, Whelan, Downey, Brown.

Referee: Hugh Watkins (Wales)


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