Guinness PRO14: Leinster smash and grab vs Munster at Thomond Park

Weekend Guinness PRO14 action: Leinster snatch victory from Munster at Thomond Park with late Jordan Larmour try in eventual 13-10 win; Edinburgh go down to 14 men in Parma but still beat Zebre 26-10; Cardiff Blues travel to Scarlets on Friday and ground out tight 13-10 win.

Last Updated: 23/01/21 10:20pm

Jordan Larmour scored a crucial late try as Munster lost to Leinster despite dictating most of the contest

Recap the weekend’s re-arranged Guinness PRO14 action as Leinster pull off a smash and grab win over Munster at Thomond Park in a headline derby…

Munster 10-13 Leinster

Jordan Larmour’s 69th-minute try ripped the result out of Munster’s grasp as Leinster triumphed 13-10 in a Guinness PRO14 dogfight at Thomond Park.

Table-topping Munster had been the better team up to that point but the defending champions produced a real moment of class to put Larmour over in the right corner.

It was tightly poised at half-time, Tadhg Beirne’s try under the posts giving the hosts a 10-6 lead with fly-halves JJ Hanrahan and Johnny Sexton landing two kicks each.

The second half was scoreless until replacement Ross Byrne’s grubber kick led to Larmour’s decisive try. Byrne’s conversion was enough to seal a smash-and-grab win.

A number of players, including Beirne, the Guinness player-of-the-match, grasped the opportunity to impress Ireland head coach Andy Farrell ahead of Monday’s Six Nations squad announcement.

Zebre 10-26 Edinburgh

Also on Saturday, Edinburgh battled to a 26-10 victory at Zebre in the absence of head coach Richard Cockerill and full-back Blair Kinghorn.

The duo, along with a team physiotherapist, were forced to stay in Scotland following a delay in obtaining the results of their coronavirus tests, although all three were later found to be negative.

The Scottish club put that distraction to one side to earn a hard-fought victory in Parma, despite having WP Nel sin-binned and George Taylor red-carded late on.

Mark Bennett put the visitors in control with a try late in the first half while Jaco Van Der Walt contributed 16 points with the boot.

Mick Kearney crossed for Zebre’s only touchdown as the hosts pulled level early in the second period, but Edinburgh survived twice being reduced to 14 men and Jamie Farndale added another try at the death.

Scarlets 10-13 Cardiff Blues

On Friday evening, Cardiff Blues interim director of rugby Dai Young celebrated his return to the region after a 10-year absence with a 13-10 win over the Scarlets in Llanelli.

The result completed a quickfire double over their host, having beaten them 29-20 at the Cardiff City Stadium only a fortnight ago.

However, Young missed a lot of the action as a serious road traffic accident on the M4 delayed his arrival until midway through the first half.

Matthew Morgan scored the Blues’ try, with Jarrod Evans adding a conversion and two penalties.

Blade Thomson responded with a try for Scarlets, while Leigh Halfpenny kicked a penalty and a conversion.

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