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O'Gara and Parks do battle in Glasgow while Leinster are downed in Donnybrook

Tomás O'Leary is tackled by Neil Best of Northampton Saints in 2009. Photo: Sportsfile
Tomás O'Leary is tackled by Neil Best of Northampton Saints in 2009. Photo: Sportsfile

October 10, 2014. Munster 17 Scarlets 6. Thomond Park: Andrew Smith scored the winning try while JJ Hanrahan added the rest from the kicking tee as Munster recorded a comfortable win over Scarlets at Thomond Park.

Munster were completely dominant from start to finish and although they only held a narrow 8-6 lead at half-time, they should have won by more.

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Ronan O'Gara in action in 2004. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Ronan O'Gara in action in 2004. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Much of the attention was on the huge upcoming clash with Sale, and the crucial try came in the first half. The hosts eased off when they were out of reach.

Smith touched down after 25 minutes but Scarlets stayed in the game. Hanrahan added two more penalties within eight minutes of the resumption and finished off the job late on.

October 10, 2009

Northampton 31 Munster 27

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Tomás O'Leary's late try almost resulted in a remarkable comeback victory for Munster in Franklin's Gardens but they had to make do with a losing bonus point against Northampton Saints in a classic encounter.

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It was 21-14 at half-time and the home side even took a double-scores lead after the break but Munster refused to yield. And they denied Northampton a four-try bonus point with David Wallace also crossing for a Munster try.

England winger Chris Ashton was the first to score a try in the 17th minute but that was cancelled out by Wallace's effort eight minutes later.

Five minutes after half-time, Ashton doubled his tally and Geraghty converted. But Munster never gave up. O'Leary scored the try and Ronan O'Gara added the stunning conversion.

October 9, 2004

Glasgow Rugby 26 Munster 28


Ronan O'Gara was Munster's hero once again as his drop-goal sealed a late win against Glasgow Rugby at Hughenden.

The hosts were on their way to victory when out-half Dan Parks slotted a penalty but Ireland's No 10 was on hand to hold his nerve and earn his side the crucial win.

Christian Cullen scored twice for the visitors with Anthony Horgan and Frankie Sheahan also among the tries. But it was the boot of O'Gara that made the difference.

Glasgow were 13-8 ahead at half-time. O'Gara and Parks (two) traded penalties but Sean Lamont set up Donny Macfadyen for the first try with Parks adding the conversion.

Nevertheless, Munster held their composure and hooker Sheahan scored to keep them in touch at the break.

The teams went score for score in the second half but it all boiled down to the frantic closing exchanges where Parks scored a penalty after Cullen completed his double. O'Gara did the rest.

November 5, 1999

Leinster 13 Munster 30


Munster continued to be one of the success stories of Irish rugby in 1999-2000 as the attentions turned to Europe and the Heineken Cup.

The national team were just after being humbled 28-24 by an underwhelming Argentina outfit in Lens.

Knocked out of the World Cup before the quarter-final phase by a South American team, they were in disarray. But Munster were building something very special.

On November 5, Declan Kidney brought his players to Donnybrook and they continued their dominance of rivals Leinster with a big 30-13 win.

Leinster youngster Gordon D'Arcy (19) made his debut but was sold a dummy by Irish hooker Keith Wood early on.

Munster made a statement in the capital again but there were bigger games on the horizon as Pontypridd, Saracens and Colomiers took aim in Europe.

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