Munster make hard work of PRO12 semi win over Ospreys

Munster's Simon Zebo celebrates scoring his side's first try against Ospreys
Munster's Simon Zebo celebrates scoring his side's first try against Ospreys

MUNSTER 21 ULSTER 18

The Ospreys had a last-minute try disallowed as nervy Munster held on to clinch a 21-18 win and a place in next Saturday’s Guinness PRO12 final against Glasgow Warriors.

Josh Matavesi’s effort left the Thomond Park faithful stunned, but television match official Gareth Simmonds determined it should be ruled out after a knock-on by Rhys Webb in the build-up.

Munster should have killed off the young Welsh side by then, twice opening up a 13-point lead early in the second half. Simon Zebo’s seventh try in eight PRO12 games put them 11-3 ahead at the interval and Denis Hurley and Paddy Butler both crossed in the third quarter.

However Ian Keatley had an awful day with the boot, missing out on 12 points and being successful with just two of seven attempts. Tries from Rhys Webb and Jeff Hassler kept the Ospreys in the hunt and a Dan Biggar penalty had the margin down to just three points.

Keatley missed his final penalty attempt and his replacement JJ Hanrahan was wide with a central shot two minutes later, but the Irish province did just enough to squeeze through to their first PRO12 decider since 2011.