Throwback: Munster demolish Leinster in 2006 Heineken Cup semi-final


April 23rd

On this day in 2006, Munster proved far too strong for Leinster in the first ever all-Irish Heineken Cup semi-final winning out 30-6 in the RDS.

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After near misses in the finals of 2000 & 2002 and losses at the semi-final stage in 2001, 2003 & 2004, Munster were looking to right the wrongs of those ties.

Leinster on the other hand were looking for a place in their first ever final.

Inside the opening two minutes, Munster had taken the lead with O’Gara punishing poor discipline from Leinster with a penalty.

The lead was out to 10 with as many minutes on the board as Denis Leamy drove over following a line out with O’Gara making no mistake from the tee.

Felipe Contepomi got Leinster off the board with a penalty after 20 minutes.

Heineken Cup semi final 23/4/2006
Shane Horgan tries to break through the tackle of David Wallace (L) and Paul O’Connell (R).

O’Gara hit back with two more penalties with Contepomi missing in retort to give Munster a commanding 16-3 lead at the break.

Contepomi missed another chance to reduce the deficit seven minutes into the second half but the Argentine did have the lead back to ten with 69 minutes on the clock.

But his opposite number O’Gara was on hand after 77 minutes to put the game beyond doubt as he skipped past the Leinster challenge to stroll in for Munster’s second try.

Heineken Cup semi final 23/4/2006
Ronan O’Gara goes in for a try
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Three minutes later, Trevor Halstead put the icing on the cake as his intercept try sealed a historic 30-6 win.

Rewacth the game in full below.

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