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19 Jan 2008: London Wasps v Munster

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Match Report
Munster's Badge Munster 19
London Wasps's Badge London Wasps 3
Fixture Type: Heineken Cup Venue: Thomond Park
Match Date: Sat 19 Jan 2008, Kick Off: 17:35
Referee: Nigel Owens Touch Judge: Nigel Whitehouse
TV Match Official: Derek Bevan Touch Judge: Hugh Watkins

Wasps miss out after Munster loss

Wasps lost 19-3 to Munster to miss out on qualification for the Heineken Cup quarter finals. Ronan O'Gara on fine form at ten, was able to steer his side to the final eight for the eleventh year in succession.

Fraser Waters v Munster 19/01/2008

Fraser Waters v Munster 19/01/2008

Wasps lost 19-3 to Munster to miss out on qualification for the Heineken Cup quarter finals. In atrocious conditions, the game quickly became attritional, but Munster got the better of Wasps, in particular at the line out, and with Ronan O'Gara on fine form at ten, the fly half was able to steer his side to the final eight for the eleventh year in succession.

A try for flanker Denis Leamy in the second half stretched Munster's lead, after O'Gara had given his side a 12-3 advantage as the penalty count stacked up against Wasps.

Phil Vickery in the pouring rain at Thomond Park

Phil Vickery in the pouring rain at Thomond Park

A yellow card for Leamy in the first half gave Wasps a man advantage as the half hour apporached, but they were unable to convert that into points, and as soon as Leamy returned to the pitch, Simon Shaw was leaving it following a dubious yellow card decision from referee Nigel Owens. O'Gara banged over his second penalty to give Munster a 6-3 lead, and another shortly after stretched the lead to 9-3.

The momentum was with the home team, and it stayed there for much of the remainder of the match.

Walder and Dallaglio battle in the mud and rain. Munster 19/01/2008

Walder and Dallaglio battle in the mud and rain. Munster 19/01/2008

Dallaglio was sent to the sin bin in the second half, but a greater blow was the loss of Simon Shaw, who was stretchered off with ankle injury after 50 minutes. Leamy scored shortly after, and O'Gara's conversion ensured a comeback from Wasps, in unremitting rain, looked remote.

And so it proved. Munster will go through to the final eight, and Wasps will now regroup and focus on matters more domestic, with the EDF Cup Semi Final in March, but first the small matter of a trip to Kingholm to face Guinness Premiership table toppers Gloucester next Saturday.