Date Time Competition Season
16 October 2021 7:35 pm United Rugby Championship 2021/22

Match Report

Thomand heartbreak for Connacht

A late Diarmuid Barron try keeps Munster unbeaten this season, on the fifth anniversary of the passing of legendary Munster player and Coach Anthony Foley, as they were 20-18 winners over Connacht in tonight’s action, in the United Rugby Championship at Thomond Park.

Barron's try gave the southern province the win, the big man crossing from a maul on the 5m line. Chris Cloote had scored their other try, toward the end of the opening half with a fantastic effort.

For the day that was in it, the game was one Munster should not have lost, all the emotion in the build up around Axel's anniversary, the Thomond faithful expected the win.

They did not make it easy however, plenty of turnovers for the majority of the game, and poor discipline early saw them 6-0 down, by the 10th minute as Jack Carty added two penalties.

It could have gotten worse for the Munstermen, Connacht thought they had the opening try in the 24th minute. Mack Hansen got over in the corner, Tiernan O’Halloran with an amazing pass to find Hansen in space, but the ball was passed forward and ruled out by the TMO.

The main momentum shift came in the 33rd minute of the first half with Sam Arnold receiving a yellow card for a dangerous high tackle. Munster took advantage as Chris Cloote crossed before the break.

All credit going to Tadhg Beirne for their opening try, he managed to react to a crossfield kick by Rory Scannell. He kicked the ball forward and started to play soccer with it, running through to kick behind the line, for Cloote to pounce on the ball. Munster taking a 7-6 lead to the break.

Cloote looked to have gotten a second for the Shannonsiders minutes after the restart, he crossed over but the ball was held up, a massive let off for the western province.

The Red Army were putting the pressure on making use of the man advantage, as they were awarded a penalty in the 49th minute. Carbery put four between the teams, 10-6.

Just as it looked like the Thomond outfit were building a lead, Paul Boyle crossed over the line for the Galway side, he took a quick free and powered over the line, as Munster failed to react quick enough. Carty missed the conversion to leave it a one point game 11-10.

The boot of Carbery was an important asset for the team, he restored their lead, as he added another penalty.

Munster were guilty of coughing up possession all game, and Jack Carty punished them in the 69th minute, as he blocked down a Carbery clearance kick, to intercept the ball and managed to run through to score under the posts, the kicker on hand to convert his try, 18-13.

Despite only having a reduced capacity due to Covid regulations, the famous Munster roar and atmosphere was reverberating, around the famous stadium, the crowd fully behind their team.

They dug deep late on and right at the death, replacement hooker Diarmuid Barron crossed for their second try of the game, Carbery taking the pressure conversion and sending it over, to keep the province unbeaten status alive.


15Mike Haley Full-Back
14Andrew Conway Winger
13Keith Earls Winger
12Rory Scannell 23 Centre
11Simon Zebo Winger
10Joey Carbery Fly-Half 40', 79'
9Craig Casey Scrum-Half
1Dave Kilcoyne 17 Prop
2Niall Scannell 16 Hooker
3John Ryan 18 Prop
4Jean Kleyn 19 Lock
5Tadhg Beirne Lock
6Peter O’Mahony Flanker
7Chris Cloete 20 Flanker 39'
8Gavin Coombes Flanker
16Diarmuid Barron 2 Hooker 78'
17Jeremy Loughman 1 Prop
18Stephen Archer 3 Prop
19Fineen Wycherley 4 Lock
20Jack O’Donoghue 7 Flanker
21Neil Cronin Scrum-Half
22Jake Flannery Back
23Dan Goggin 12 Centre


15Tiernan O’Halloran Full-Back
14John Porch Winger
13Sam Arnold Centre 33'
12Bundee Aki Centre
11Mack Hansen Fly-Half
10Jack Carty Fly-Half 69'
3', 10'
9Caolin Blade 21 Scrum-Half
1Matthew Burke Prop
2Dave Heffernan Hooker
3Finlay Bealham 18 Prop
4Niall Murray Lock
5Ultan Dillane Lock
6Cian Prendergast 22 Lock
7Conor Oliver Flanker
8Paul Boyle Flanker 53'
16Shane Delahunt Hooker
17Greg McGrath Forward
18Jack Aungier 3 Prop
19Eoghan Masterson Lock
20Abraham Papali’i No. 8
21Kieran Marmion 9 Scrum-Half
22Jarrad Butler 6 No. 8
23Tom Daly Centre

Past Meetings

(Round 2)
2:30 pm
Women's Interprovincials
Musgrave Park

Munster v Connacht

(Round 14)
20 - 17
Thomond Park

Munster v Connacht

(Round 11)
10 - 16
The Sportsgrounds

Connacht vs Munster


Thomond Park
Thomond Park, Limerick City, County Limerick, V94 PD28, Ireland

Diarmuid Kearney is a freelance Sports Journalist based in Co Kerry. He has more than 5 years experience covering domestic and international soccer for different media organisations, while also working for local and national print and digital organisations covering GAA.