HIGHLIGHTS | Munster slump to bonus-point defeat to Leinster

Munster secured a losing bonus-point at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday night in a keenly contested match against Leinster.

Munster fell to a 21-16 defeat away to Leinster on Saturday night, despite Graham Rowntree’s side racing into a 0-10 lead via a Craig Casey try, with a conversion and penalty from Jack Crowley to follow.

Leinster hit back with two converted tries to lead 14-10 at the break, before Crowley reduced the deficit to one point with another penalty after 52 minutes.

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Munster had some good opportunities after this, but were unable to take them and Leinster pushed the lead out to 21-13 with another converted try.

Crowley then added another penalty to secure the losing bonus-point.

Both teams had periods of dominance during a superb contest and the outcome hung in the balance right to the end.

Stephen Archer set a new Munster record when he became the most capped player for the province when he made his 269th appearance.

Munster: Simon Zebo (McCarthy 66′); Calvin Nash (McCarthy 22′ Nash 30′), Antoine Frisch, Rory Scannell (Butler 72′), Shane Daly; Jack Crowley, Craig Casey (Murray 50′); Jeremy Loughman (Kilcoyne 52′), Diarmuid Barron (C), Stephen Archer (Ryan 56′); Jean Kleyn (Gleeson 68′), Tadhg Beirne; Tom Ahern, John Hodnett (Kendellen 61′), Gavin Coombes.

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