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The Reaction As Late Late Leicester Show Breaks Munster Hearts

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 17: Ed Slater of Leicester celebrates their victory during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Leicester Tigers and Munster at Welford Road on December 17, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Two giants of European rugby played out a tense and nail-biting battle this evening in Welford Road, as Leicester Tigers denied Munster a famous victory at the death.

Despite going down 38-0 at Thomond Park last week, the English side dug deep to secure a memorable win over the two-time European champions.

In a game that didn’t quite spring to life until late on, Munster were chasing the Tigers’ lead when a breakaway meant that Simon Zebo had to cover back. However controversially the TMO felt that Zebo could have pulled out of a challenge before the ball was kicked, and a yellow card was awarded.

Nonetheless, the brave 14 men of Munster pushed forward and Niall Scannell finished off a well-worked team try. It looked like they had done just enough to get the win, after an ugly conversion from Tyler Bleyendaal saw them into a one point lead.

However, Leicester don’t hold such an impressive European record at Welford Road for nothing, and stopped the Irishmen with a late penalty from Owen Williams in his own half.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.