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#Match Report

# match-report - Sunday 26 February, 2017

Ireland two games away from a Grand Slam after victory over France
# Dream Alive
From The42
# Dream Alive

Ireland two games away from a Grand Slam after victory over France

Feb 26th 2017, 2:35 PM 24,142 Views 7 Comments

Tom Tierney’s side beat visiting France 13-10 at Donnybrook this afternoon.

# match-report - Saturday 25 February, 2017

Murray and Sexton to the fore as Ireland keep Six Nations title bid alive
# In The Hunt
From The42
# In The Hunt

Murray and Sexton to the fore as Ireland keep Six Nations title bid alive

Feb 25th 2017, 6:53 PM 25,970 Views 41 Comments

The Irish halfback pairing were superb as Joe Schmidt’s side saw off France on a 19-9 scoreline.

# match-report - Saturday 11 February, 2017

Two hat-tricks as Schmidt's Ireland hammer Italy to get Six Nations bid rolling
# Too Good
From The42
# Too Good

Two hat-tricks as Schmidt's Ireland hammer Italy to get Six Nations bid rolling

Feb 11th 2017, 4:14 PM 24,202 Views 56 Comments

Joe Schmidt’s men scored nine tries in a dominant performance in Rome.

# match-report - Saturday 4 February, 2017

Second-half revival not enough as Schmidt's Ireland slip to dire defeat in Scotland
# Well Beaten
From The42
# Well Beaten

Second-half revival not enough as Schmidt's Ireland slip to dire defeat in Scotland

Feb 4th 2017, 4:20 PM 26,463 Views 137 Comments

Rory Best and his side were hugely disappointing in the opening 40 minutes.

# match-report - Friday 3 February, 2017

Carolan's U20s make it two wins from two for Ireland in Scotland
# Smash And Grab
From The42
# Smash And Grab

Carolan's U20s make it two wins from two for Ireland in Scotland

Feb 3rd 2017, 10:28 PM 12,702 Views 18 Comments

Paul Boyle’s late try won it for the visitors at Broadwood Stadium.

Late, late Murphy try gives Ireland opening night bonus-point win in Scotland
# Last Gasp
From The42
# Last Gasp

Late, late Murphy try gives Ireland opening night bonus-point win in Scotland

Feb 3rd 2017, 8:32 PM 8,373 Views 7 Comments

The Ireland centre crashed over from close range to grab a bonus-point win for Tom Tierney’s side.

# match-report - Sunday 22 January, 2017

Connacht agonisingly miss out on quarter-finals with defeat in Toulouse
# End Of The Road
From The42
# End Of The Road

Connacht agonisingly miss out on quarter-finals with defeat in Toulouse

Jan 22nd 2017, 5:09 PM 26,462 Views 34 Comments

Pat Lam’s men needed only three points, but couldn’t find them.

# match-report - Friday 20 January, 2017

Leinster draw in Castres to all but secure home Champions Cup quarter-final
# Honours Even
From The42
# Honours Even

Leinster draw in Castres to all but secure home Champions Cup quarter-final

Jan 20th 2017, 9:49 PM 29,663 Views 55 Comments

Meanwhile, Johnny Sexton picked up a calf injury in the first half of the 24-24 draw.

# match-report - Saturday 14 January, 2017

Saili's late try sends Munster back into the Champions Cup quarter-finals
# KNOCKOUTS
From The42
# KNOCKOUTS

Saili's late try sends Munster back into the Champions Cup quarter-finals

Jan 14th 2017, 7:33 PM 32,155 Views 62 Comments

The All Blacks-capped centre proved the match winner for Rassie Erasmus’ men.

# match-report - Saturday 7 January, 2017

Munster crush Racing to move to top of Pool 1 on return to Paris
# Ruthless
From The42
# Ruthless

Munster crush Racing to move to top of Pool 1 on return to Paris

Jan 7th 2017, 5:42 PM 31,766 Views 53 Comments

Rassie Erasmus’ men paid tribute to the memory of Anthony Foley in style.

# match-report - Saturday 31 December, 2016

Erasmus' Munster battle to away win against Connacht in the Galway rain
# Dogged
From The42
# Dogged

Erasmus' Munster battle to away win against Connacht in the Galway rain

Dec 31st 2016, 7:26 PM 11,621 Views 35 Comments

Hooker Rhys Marshall scored an important maul try, while Ian Keatley was sharp with the boot.

# match-report - Monday 26 December, 2016

Munster move clear at top of Pro12 with bonus-point win over Leinster
# Comprehensive
From The42
# Comprehensive

Munster move clear at top of Pro12 with bonus-point win over Leinster

Dec 26th 2016, 7:28 PM 28,535 Views 93 Comments

Rassie Erasmus’ men scored four tries in a convincing win at Thomond Park.

# match-report - Saturday 17 December, 2016

Shoddy Saints hit for 60 as 9-try Leinster tighten grip on Champions Cup pool
# Gift Wrapped
From The42
# Gift Wrapped

Shoddy Saints hit for 60 as 9-try Leinster tighten grip on Champions Cup pool

Dec 17th 2016, 9:37 PM 28,156 Views 28 Comments

Northampton rested big names for the trip to Dublin and took a festive pounding.

Carty the hero as Connacht grab stunning late win over Wasps
# Last Gasp
From The42
# Last Gasp

Carty the hero as Connacht grab stunning late win over Wasps

Dec 17th 2016, 7:39 PM 24,068 Views 19 Comments

The Connacht out-half won it with the last kick of the game.

# match-report - Sunday 11 December, 2016

Lam's Connacht left empty handed in frustrating defeat to Wasps
# Error Strewn
From The42
# Error Strewn

Lam's Connacht left empty handed in frustrating defeat to Wasps

Dec 11th 2016, 2:54 PM 15,861 Views 20 Comments

Pat Lam’s men were dire at the lineout and missed crucial chances from the tee.

# match-report - Saturday 10 December, 2016

Tigers don't get a sniff as Sweetnam stars in magnificent Munster win
# Precision
From The42
# Precision

Tigers don't get a sniff as Sweetnam stars in magnificent Munster win

Dec 10th 2016, 5:07 PM 33,218 Views 76 Comments

Erasmus’ men never looked in danger with brilliant performances all over the park.

Henderson helps Ulster to impressive bonus-point win over Clermont
# Five Tries
From The42
# Five Tries

Henderson helps Ulster to impressive bonus-point win over Clermont

Dec 10th 2016, 3:21 PM 9,556 Views 15 Comments

Les Kiss’ men were in try-scoring form at Kingspan Stadium.

# match-report - Friday 9 December, 2016

Hartley sees red as Leinster's pack send the Saints marching to bonus-point defeat
# Big Win
From The42
# Big Win

Hartley sees red as Leinster's pack send the Saints marching to bonus-point defeat

Dec 9th 2016, 9:47 PM 36,546 Views 74 Comments

Leinster secured their extra point after the England captain committed an act of sheer stupidity.

# match-report - Sunday 27 November, 2016

Schmidt watches on as clinical Black Ferns have too much class for Ireland
# Outclassed
From The42
# Outclassed

Schmidt watches on as clinical Black Ferns have too much class for Ireland

Nov 27th 2016, 3:59 PM 10,501 Views 1 Comment

Ireland couldn’t cope with the searing counter attack of the Kiwi visitors.

# match-report - Saturday 26 November, 2016

Ireland end brilliant November series with nerve-wracking win over Wallabies
# Character
From The42
# Character

Ireland end brilliant November series with nerve-wracking win over Wallabies

Nov 26th 2016, 7:33 PM 36,900 Views 58 Comments

Joe Schmidt’s men were decimated by injuries once again.

# match-report - Saturday 19 November, 2016

Ireland left frustrated and tryless as All Blacks edge brutal battle in Dublin
# WARFARE
From The42
# WARFARE

Ireland left frustrated and tryless as All Blacks edge brutal battle in Dublin

Nov 19th 2016, 8:00 PM 31,739 Views 84 Comments

Beauden Barrett was involved in all three of the Kiwi’s tries at the Aviva Stadium.

# match-report - Sunday 13 November, 2016

Ireland narrowly lose out to world champions England in first November Test
# Learning
From The42
# Learning

Ireland narrowly lose out to world champions England in first November Test

Nov 13th 2016, 4:59 PM 7,602 Views 3 Comments

Nora Stapleton scored all of Ireland’s points in a 12-10 defeat at the UCD Bowl.

# match-report - Saturday 12 November, 2016

Connacht influence strong as Schmidt's Ireland run eight tries past Canada
# New Blood
From The42
# New Blood

Connacht influence strong as Schmidt's Ireland run eight tries past Canada

Nov 12th 2016, 9:07 PM 27,203 Views 28 Comments

Ultan Dillane was man of the match as Tiernan O’Halloran shone at fullback.

# match-report - Friday 28 October, 2016

Scannell's dramatic drop goal seals superb win for Munster in Belfast
# Last Gasp
From The42
# Last Gasp

Scannell's dramatic drop goal seals superb win for Munster in Belfast

Oct 28th 2016, 9:09 PM 31,973 Views 56 Comments

Ulster had their own late chance to steal it with a drop-goal at Kingspan Stadium.

# match-report - Saturday 22 October, 2016

14-man Munster pay Axel the ultimate tribute with sensational Thomond Park win
# RIP Axel
From The42
# RIP Axel

14-man Munster pay Axel the ultimate tribute with sensational Thomond Park win

Oct 22nd 2016, 3:02 PM 50,778 Views 50 Comments

Peter O’Mahony and his men were utterly sublime in scoring five tries against Glasgow.

# match-report - Saturday 15 October, 2016

Bonus-point win gets Leinster's European season off to solid start at the RDS
# Five Points
From The42
# Five Points

Bonus-point win gets Leinster's European season off to solid start at the RDS

Oct 15th 2016, 5:07 PM 8,704 Views 23 Comments

Leo Cullen’s men were dominant at the scrum and maul to secure maximum points.

# match-report - Saturday 10 September, 2016

Connacht collapse as Ospreys deal second home defeat of Pro12 defence
# Second Best
From The42
# Second Best

Connacht collapse as Ospreys deal second home defeat of Pro12 defence

Sep 10th 2016, 9:34 PM 19,765 Views 26 Comments

Pat Lam’s men gave up a bonus point again in Galway.

# match-report - Friday 9 September, 2016

Rassie Erasmus' Munster taste home defeat to Cardiff in Cork
# Fine Margins
From The42
# Fine Margins

Rassie Erasmus' Munster taste home defeat to Cardiff in Cork

Sep 9th 2016, 9:32 PM 9,352 Views 57 Comments

Darren Sweetnam was superb for the southern province.

# match-report - Wednesday 31 August, 2016

Robbie Keane's international career ends in fitting fashion as Ireland see off Oman
# Legend
From The42
# Legend

Robbie Keane's international career ends in fitting fashion as Ireland see off Oman

Aug 31st 2016, 9:43 PM 40,939 Views 35 Comments

The Tallaght native was making his final appearance in a green jersey this evening.

# match-report - Friday 26 August, 2016

Leinster end pre-season with five-try defeat to Bath in Donnybrook
# Losing Note
From The42
# Losing Note

Leinster end pre-season with five-try defeat to Bath in Donnybrook

Aug 26th 2016, 9:32 PM 13,567 Views 26 Comments

Cian Healy and Rob Kearney made promising returns for the eastern province.

# match-report - Saturday 20 August, 2016

Leinster squeeze past Gloucester to record second pre-season victory
# Tallaght Win
From The42
# Tallaght Win

Leinster squeeze past Gloucester to record second pre-season victory

Aug 20th 2016, 4:49 PM 7,749 Views 9 Comments

Leo Cullen’s men played some exciting rugby in patches.

All Blacks dismantle Cheika's Wallabies in superb Bledisloe performance From The42

All Blacks dismantle Cheika's Wallabies in superb Bledisloe performance

Aug 20th 2016, 1:24 PM 10,527 Views 11 Comments

Steve Hansen’s men were on fire on Australian soil.

# match-report - Saturday 25 June, 2016

Schmidt's Ireland come up short as Springboks claim series victory
# A Step Too Far
From The42
# A Step Too Far

Schmidt's Ireland come up short as Springboks claim series victory

Jun 25th 2016, 5:56 PM 22,883 Views 60 Comments

The refereeing call from Glen Jackson and his TMO had a big bearing on the result.

# match-report - Tuesday 7 June, 2016

Ireland U20s overcome awful start to claim thrilling one-point win against Wales
# Thriller
From The42
# Thriller

Ireland U20s overcome awful start to claim thrilling one-point win against Wales

Jun 7th 2016, 7:35 PM 12,284 Views 25 Comments

Nigel Carolan’s side had to dig deep but eventually came good against the Grand Slam winners.

# match-report - Tuesday 31 May, 2016

Belarus spoil Ireland's Euro 2016 send-off in Cork
# Party Poopers
From The42
# Party Poopers

Belarus spoil Ireland's Euro 2016 send-off in Cork

May 31st 2016, 9:44 PM 31,397 Views 37 Comments

The Boys in Green went down 2-1 at Turner’s Cross tonight.

# match-report - Saturday 28 May, 2016

Lam's brilliant Connacht earn first-ever trophy with stunning win over Leinster
# History Makers
From The42
# History Makers

Lam's brilliant Connacht earn first-ever trophy with stunning win over Leinster

May 28th 2016, 7:40 PM 53,613 Views 188 Comments

The western province were sensational in the Pro12 final at Murrayfield.

# match-report - Friday 27 May, 2016

Long's opportunist goal cancelled out by late equaliser as the Dutch earn a draw
# Warm-up
From The42
# Warm-up

Long's opportunist goal cancelled out by late equaliser as the Dutch earn a draw

May 27th 2016, 9:46 PM 29,096 Views 42 Comments

Substitute Luuk de Jong levelled terms after a first half goal from the Southampton striker at the Aviva Stadium.

# match-report - Saturday 21 May, 2016

Connacht's sensational fairytale continues as they secure Pro12 final spot
# Sensational
From The42
# Sensational

Connacht's sensational fairytale continues as they secure Pro12 final spot

May 21st 2016, 8:38 PM 44,322 Views 102 Comments

Pat Lam’s men were utterly deserved winners over Glasgow in Galway.

# match-report - Tuesday 10 May, 2016

Houston rescues a share of the spoils for Finn Harps in north-west derby
# Point Apiece
From The42
# Point Apiece

Houston rescues a share of the spoils for Finn Harps in north-west derby

May 10th 2016, 10:34 PM 3,529 Views 3 Comments

Derry had to settle for a 2-2 draw at the Brandywell this evening.

McCabe brace beats Sligo Rovers as Hoops hop into third
# War Of The Rovers
From The42
# War Of The Rovers

McCabe brace beats Sligo Rovers as Hoops hop into third

May 10th 2016, 10:27 PM 2,925 Views 2 Comments

An energetic Shamrock Rovers attack made it a comfortable win in Tallaght