It was a day to forget for Munster and Conor Murray. Leinster came down to Thomond Park determined to come away with a famous derby victory and they certainly did that as they outscored their southern rivals by 10 points thanks to an incredible first half performance and a try of the season contender from young Jordan Larmour.
Leinster were superb in the first half and Munster just couldn’t live with them – if you give up 22 points to Leo Cullen’s side, you can’t expect to still win the game, and despite a spirited second half comeback from the home side, Leinster just had too much composure to lose the game at that stage.
Leinster scored three tries in the opening 40 minutes but Munster did manage one through Murray, and it was the perfect example as to why there is little to the game of rugby which he cannot excel at.
Munster were desperate for a try at this stage to remain in the game and Kevin O’Byrne picked Murray out in the lineout, not exactly where you would expect your scrum-half to be from this set-piece.
Murray collects the ball at the front of the lineout before offloading to CJ Stander who is tackled just before the line. Just two phases later, Murray darts over from close range in typical fashion.
It was a brief moment of joy for the Munster faithful in a game which they were second-best but unfortunately for supporters of the southern province, it’s significance won’t be as relevant as Munster failed to claw their way back to win the game.