Munster captain Anthony Foley scored a last-gasp try to snatch a 23-17 win over Leinster in the Celtic Cup semi-final at Lansdowne Road.
CELTIC CUP SEMI-FINAL
Leinster (12) 17
Pens: Holwell 4
Munster (10) 23
Tries: Horan, Foley
Cons: Burke 2
Pens: Burke 3
Leinster had been 17-16 in front when fly-half David Holwell was harshly sent-off and Munster took their chance.
Four penalties by Holwell had Leinster 12-10 ahead at half-time with Marcus Horan getting a try for Munster.
Girvan Dempsey scored Leinster's try but Foley's late score booked Munster's place in the final against Scarlets.
Wind-assisted Leinster began the game with a six-point buffer after Holwell
had sliced over two lengthy penalties inside seven minutes.
Munster wasted little time in replying with prop
Horan driving over abd Paul Burke converting for the lead.
Holwell again showed his kicking prowess from 49
metres when his 12th-minute penalty bounced up and over off the Munster
He notched his fourth kick on the half-hour before Horgan was binned for a
A Burke penalty on 33 minutes
saw Munster just two points behind at half-time.
Two neat Burke penalties saw Munster regain the lead but the tie turned
in Leinster's favour on 52 minutes when Holwell linked with Brian O'Driscoll to send
full-back Dempsey haring in at the right corner.
Never-say-die Munster came back and Foley's 79th-minute try meant retiring
Leinster back row Victor Costello's 11-year career ended in defeat.
Leinster: Dempsey, Horgan, O'Driscoll, D'Arcy, D. Hickie, Holwell, Easterby, Corrigan, S. Byrne, E. Byrne, Cullen, O'Kelly, Dillon, Gleeson, Costello.
Replacements: B. Blaney, Nebbett, Gissing, Miller, O'Meara, Contepomi, Quinlan.
Munster: Payne, Kelly, Mullins, Henderson, Horgan, Burke, Stringer, Horan, F. Sheahan, J. Hayes, O'Callaghan, O'Connell, Quinlan, Wallace, Foley.
Replacements: Flannery, McIlwham, Hogan, Leamy, Prendergast, Manning, Devlin.
Referee: N Whitehouse (WRFU).