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Fans relieved as Munster finally lift the gloom

If a novelist came up with it, you’d say the scene was overcooked.

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Francis Saili settles nerves as Munster’s knock-out blow arrives late

Munster 27 Edinburgh 19: Munster left it late to land the killer blow but there will be few quibbles from the province’s supporters after this bonus-point Guinness Pro12 victory over European qualification rivals Edinburgh.

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Anthony Foley: Our patience paid off

Munster coach Anthony Foley cast a cold eye on his team’s 27-19 win over Edinburgh in last night’s crucial Pro12 game in Musgrave Park, acknowledging that the visitors from Scotland had wrested the initiative from the home side at significant points in the contest.

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Pat Lam bitterly disappointed after shock loss

Treviso 22 Connacht 21: In a season of highs, this was certainly one of the lowest, top of the table against the bottom. The desperation and pride of Treviso to hold on to the Italian’s Champions Cup spot proved enough to grab an injury-time win against a Connacht outfit that lacked its normal finishing prowess, and was murdered in the scrum.

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Brian Hickey says chase for another ‘Bateman’ will keep Cork Con focused

Cork Constitution head coach Brian Hickey insists his club’s bid for an historic four in a row of Bateman Cup victories today will be enough to prevent minds wandering to next weekend’s Ulster Bank League Division 1A final.

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Ulster bid to win first of possible four ‘cup finals’

Ireland forward Iain Henderson says Ulster must put their words into action when they face the first of a possible four ‘cup finals’ this afternoon.

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Louise Galvin: When the dressing room door must be firmly shut

“And every demon wants his pound of flesh; but I like to keep some things to myself I like to keep my issues strong; It’s always darkest before the dawn” 

- “Shake it out” Florence and the Machine

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John Lacey to take charge of Challenge Cup final

Tipperary’s John Lacey will referee next month’s European Challenge Cup final between Harlequins and Montpellier.

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Must-win clash respite from a shambolic Munster week

For all that is at stake in tonight’s Guinness PRO12 clash between Munster and Edinburgh at Musgrave Park, the game will come as a welcome escape from the travails of the past week.

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Ulster must focus on their own strengths, says focused Rory Best

Rory Best was stating the obvious when he said the Guinness PRO12 is now down to knock-out rugby.

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Connacht on the verge of semi-final spot

Connacht need only one point from this evening’s PRO12 fixture in Italy to guarantee a semi-final spot. But coach Pat Lam will want more, such is the expectation on Connacht to deliver a bonus-point winning performance.

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Con and Cookies set for compelling cup showdown

Sunday’s Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup final between Young Munster and Cork Constitution (Musgrave Park, 2.30pm) has all the ingredients required to produce a thrilling spectacle.

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The pressure also massive on Edinburgh

Edinburgh lock Anton Bresler and his side visit Ireland for the second time in a fortnight knowing just what to expect as the Guinness PRO12 campaign reaches its climax.

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Matt Healy: I need big finish to make Tour

Connacht winger Matt Healy believes he needs a huge finish to the season to have a chance of making the Irish squad for the three-match tour of South Africa.

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Johnny Sexton fed up with ex-pros ‘jumping on bandwagon’

Johnny Sexton accepts that he struggled to perform on his return to Leinster, but the Ireland out-half believes it was unfair of former players to talk about his history of concussion without considering the full facts.

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Tommy O’Donnell wants Munster to draw on big-match experience

Tommy O’Donnell has boiled tomorrow night’s Guinness Pro12 showdown with Edinburgh in Cork down to its essence: Take what the visitors have.

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Owen Farrell and Joe Marler hit with two-week bans

England internationals Owen Farrell and Joe Marler have received two-week bans after being cited for foul play during European semi-finals.

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