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All is not lost but Munster lose four in a row

European Clubs Champions Cup, Leicester 17, Munster 6:
THEY got chances during the 80 minutes and Leicester were no great shakes on their home patch, but Munster crashed to their fourth successive defeat today in Welford Road.
The margin of defeat could, at least, have been far less: Saili, having his best game since joining the province, had two outstanding breaks but when tries seemed certain, the finish was not executed; Ian Keatley sent a close-in penalty wide, James Cronin had a try disallowed for a forward pass and there could well have been a penalty try award when Zebo was held back as he glided in to take a potential try pass from Saili midway through the second half.
The defeat puts more pressure on the Munster camp and they now go to Paris in January looking for the win over Stade Francais that could keep their play-off hopes alive.
Munster looked relaxed in the opening stages and after soaking up Tigers pressure from the kick-off, forced their way to the home red zone. They were awarded a penalty when Zebo was impeded and Ian Keatley cooly landed the penalty for a 3-0 lead after seven minutes. With 13 minutes played and Munster well on top, they had a chance to increase their lead but Keatley’s effort went wide of the right hand post.
The lead lasted until the 23rd minute. Leicester peeled off a lineout near the Munster 22, they showed patience and Ed Slater burst over for a try with out-half Byrnes converting for a 7-3 lead. Robin Copeland made an important rob as Leicester threatened to open up the visitors’ defence again and Munster took advantage, forcing a penalty that got them into the home 22 for the first time in the game. They attacked from the lineout but John Ryan was turned over a metre out.
Some slick handling under pressure from the home side set up a penalty chance on 35 minutes and Freddie Byrnes availed of the chance to land his second penalty as the Tigers increased their lead to 10-3. Right on the stroke of half time Munster reduced the lead to four points. They won a turnover just outside their own 22, forced their way over the Leicester ten metre line, were awarded a penalty and Keatley’s kick sent the teams in with the Tigers leading 10-6.
A great break by Francis Saili almost set up a Munster try as the second half got underway. With a man in the bin, the Tigers were forced onto the backfoot and a super attack by the reds saw Murray set up a try for James Cronin but it was disallowed for a forward pass. Two try chances missed in the opening six minutes of the half. After upsetting a Leicester scrum on their own 22, Munster got another chance to put points on the board but from 34 metres Keatley’s kick again drifted wide of the upright. Freddie Byrnes made a complete hash of a Leicester penalty with 57 minutes played and at this stagge Munster were well and truly within touch of winning a game that was high in effort but lacking in atmosphere.
The 61st minute brought the most electric moment of this game. Saili picked up a ball on his own 22 and found space. It looked as if he would go all the way but he offloaded from a tackle by Veainu to Zebo who was pulled down a metre from try line and was then penalised for not releasing.
On their next visit to the Munster 22, Leicester increased their lead. Again, patient build-up by the Tigers saw them open up spaces and after some sparkling handling, winger Vereneki Goneva waltzed in between the posts with Freddie Byrnes adding the easy conversion for a 17-6 win.

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