Munster edge out Edinburgh 20-16 to set up semi-final against Leinster

Keith Earls scored a try for Edinburgh
Keith Earls scored a try for Edinburgh

Munster 20-16 Edinburgh, Limerick

Munster progressed to Pro 14 semi-final after managing to overcome Edinburgh 20-16 in their Pro 14 quarter-final encounter at Limerick.

The win means it will be an all Irish semi-final on 19th May at RDS Arena when Munster meets Leinster. Rhys Marshall capitalised on an early error from Edinburgh as he scored the opening try in the ninth minute and JJ Hanrahan slotted the conversion to make it 7-0.

Back to back penalties from Sam Hidalgo-Clyne in the 19th and 25th minutes brought Edinburgh back into the game as they brought the gap down to one point as the first half ended with both teams closely competing though the visitors dominated the possession and the territory.

Munster took control of the game at the start of the second half with Keith Earls dotting down three minutes after the break and Hanrahan followed it with a conversion and a penalty and just like the previous half, Edinburgh bounced back with Nathan Fowles crashing at close range and Jaco van der Walt kicking a conversion and a penalty on either side as the gap once again came down to one point.

Edinburgh though applied pressure, Munster showed a lot of resilience and Hanrahan kicked his second penalty kick to complete a 20-16 victory for the Irish regional side on what was Simon Zebo's final home game as he heads to Racing 92 next season.