All Blacks v Munster

01:43, Jan 31 2009
FRONTING UP: Munster's Kiwi quartet lead a haka against the All Blacks at Limerick.

Live scoring: Final score: All Blacks 18, Munster 16. The All Blacks have narrowly avoided repeating history by scraping in with a win over the gallant Irish club side.

76th minute: Rokocoko has potentially saved the All Blacks with a great try in the final stages of an absorbing match bringing the score to 18-16. Conversion missed by Donald.

69th minute: The All Blacks are bringing out their big guns with lock Brad Thorn replacing Ross Filipo at lock and Mils Muliaina replacing centre Anthony Tuitavake. Score remains 16-13.

WAITING GAME: The All Blacks wait their turn to perform the haka before the Munster game.

67th minute: The pace of the game appears to be taking its toll on Munster players, who are going down injured at regular intervals. Score remains 16-13.

62nd minute: All Black captain Piri Weepu is replaced at halfback by Alby Mathewson and Corey Flynn is replaced at hooker by Hikawera Elliott. Munster hooker Frank Sheahan is forced off the field and replaced by Denis Fogarty. Score remains 16-13.

56th minute: Donald has missed another penalty from 40 metres out in front. Score remains 16-13.


ALL RED: Munster support is clearly evident at this merchandise stall outside Thomond Park before the All Blacks match in Limerick this morning.

54th minute: Ben Franks replaced at prop by John Afoa.

53rd minute: Fight erupts and quickly subsides between opposing forward packs.

52nd minute: Munsters inspirational centre Rua Tipoki has injured his knee and been replaced by fellow Kiwi-expat Jeremy Manning. 

50th minute: Adam Thomson is replaced at flanker by Kieran Read.

49th minute: Donald misses penalty and the score remains 16-13.

46th minute: Donald kicks a penalty from 35 metres out in front. Munster still ahead 16-13.

42nd minute: The All Blacks have come out strongly following the half time break, narrowly missing an opportunity when big prop Jamie Mackintosh spilled the ball forward. Munster scrum on their own five metre line. The score remains 16-10.

Half time: Munster hold a stunning 16-10 lead over the All Blacks at half time following a gallant defensive effort.

Both sides have been willing to throw the ball around and there has been a torrid battle at the breakdown.

37th minute: Warwick converts from wide out. Munster ahead 16-10.

35th minute: Munster have taken the lead following a well worked scrum move after being camped on the All Blacks 5 metre line. Wing Barry Murphy scored taking the score to 14-10. Kick to come.

31st minute: The All Blacks have snuffed out a promising period of attack from Munster with a kick through from Mafi being grounded in goal by All Blacks fullback Cory Jane.

26th minute: Donald has missed a penalty. Score remains 10-9.

23rd minute: Donald has scored beside the posts following a strong burst from second-five Isaia Toeava. He converted his own try taking the score to 10-9.

20th minute: Warwick kicked a stunning 40m drop-goal to put Munster ahead 9-3.

9th minute: Munster have taken a 6-3 lead with another penalty to Warwick.

13th minute: After a strong break from Donald, the pass was out in front of wing Hosea Gear and the All Blacks let a try go begging.

10th minute: The lead was short lived however as All Blacks first-five Stephen Donald kicked a penalty from close range.

8th minute: Munster have taken an early lead over the All Blacks with a 45 metre penalty to first-five Paul Warwick after Jamie Mackintosh was penalised for not rolling away.

As the All Blacks set out to redeem themselves for the 1978, twelve points to nil loss to Irish club side Munster, brings you live updates of the scoring and events from throughout the match.

The stands host a sea of red as the passionate Munster fans prepare to cheer their team on as they attempt to make history for the second time.

News reports say celebrities including U2 front-man Bono, PGA winner Padraig Harrington and former All Black Jonah Lomu are among the crowd.

As many had predicted, Kiwi ex-pats Rua Tipoki, Doug Howlett, Lifeimi Mafi and Jeremy Manning stepped out in front of their team mates and challenged the All Blacks with Ka Mate. The All Blacks responded with their own stirring rendition.

Scoreboard (Half Time):

All Blacks: 10 (Stephen Donald try, conv, 1 pen)

Munster: 16 (Barry Murphy try, Paul Warwick 2 pen, DG)