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Live Reporting

By Andy Burke

All times stated are UK

  1. All over for Edinburgh but Munster march on

    FT: Munster 20-16 Edinburgh

    Munster were heartbroken to miss out on an all-Irish Champions Cup final against Leinster, but victory over Edinburgh means they will get a crack at their rivals in the Pro14 semi-final in Dublin in two weeks.

    They were pushed all the way by a spirited Edinburgh side, but in the end were deserving winners.

    Edinburgh's season is over, but their fans have been lifted by the impact Richard Cockerill has had on the club, and they will be a formidable proposition next season.

    Thanks for your company and contributions today. Keep across the BBC Sport Scotland website for highlights, reaction and analysis on today's match.

    See you next time.

    Image caption: Munster are through to the Pro14 semi-finals
  2. Zebo's parting gift

    FT: Munster 20-16 Edinburgh

    Today was Simon Zebo's final match at Thomond Park for Munster as he sets off for Racing 92 in the summer.

    His glorious piece of skill lit up this match and set-up Keith Earls for a crucial try.

    He took the acclaim of the Munster fans at the end. A fitting farewell for a star of the Irish game.

    Simon Zebo
    Image caption: Simon Zebo bids farewell to Thomond Park
  3. 'Edinburgh will be stronger next season'

    FT: Munster 20-16 Edinburgh

    Tom English

    Chief sports writer, BBC Scotland at Thomond Park

    An endgame to make Richard Cockerill scream with anger but a season in general that will make him confident for the future. Edinburgh made too many mistakes at too many big moments, particularly out of touch. Munster deserved to win but they were put under the cosh to the last whistle. Edinburgh you fancy will be a stronger force next season.

  4. 'Edinburgh have taken momentous strides'

    FT: Munster 20-16 Edinburgh

    Edinburgh's season is over but there is no doubt they have taken huge steps forward this season.

  5. Full-time

    Munster 20-16 Edinburgh

    The line-out goes to a red shirt, they get the ball into touch and it's all over.

    We knew Edinburgh would give it an almighty crack and that's exactly how it panned out.

    Perhaps that final line-out was indicative of where they fell short - mistakes at key moments.

    It was a wayward line-out throw in the first-half that allowed Rhys Marshall to crash over for the game's opening try.

    Some Simon Zebo magic set-up Keith Earls for a try as Munster establised a 17-6 lead.

    The boot of Sam Hidalgo-Clyne and a superb Nathan Fowles try brought Edinburgh right back into it, but they could never get their noses in front and JJ Hanrahan's penalty for Munster was the end of the scoring.

  6. It ain't over yet...

    Munster 20-16 Edinburgh

    Edinburgh have kept hold of the ball for what seems like over 20 phases. They force a penalty and Duncan Weir puts it to touch on the Munster 22.

    They couldn't, could they?

  7. Last chance saloon

    Munster 20-16 Edinburgh

    Edinburgh have a line-out on their own 10m line.

    They need to produce the biggest rabbit out of the largest hat now.

  8. Time slipping away

    Munster 20-16 Edinburgh

    Edinburgh just can not get any meaningful territory or possession to hurt Munster.

    They know they need a try, but with all the play in the Edinburgh half it does not look like coming.

  9. Penalty - Munster 20-16 Edinburgh

    JJ Hanrahan

    Barring one awful effort in the first-half, JJ Hanrahan has been superb off the tee. His penalty stretches the Irish side's advantage to four points.

    Will that be enough to see Munster home?

  10. Edinburgh handing Munster initiative

    Munster 17-16 Edinburgh

    If Edinburgh do fall short here, they will reflect on several handling errors that checked their momentum.

    Duncan Weir is on for Jaco Van Der Walt at fly-half but his passing has been just slightly off the mark and a couple of decent attacking platforms have been lost as a result.

    Ten minutes to go and one point in it. Can Edinburgh fashion a chance to get their noses in front?

  11. Alarm bells

    Munster 17-16 Edinburgh

    What is it about Scottish scrum-halves and interceptions?

    Nathan Fowles, having hauled his team back into the game with a try at one end, sees his floated pass picked off by a red jersey and Edinburgh are scrambling.

    Conor Murray dinks a ball over the defence but Dougie Fife is alive to the threat and Edinburgh clean up their own mess.

    Dougie Fife
    Image caption: Dougie Fife bails Edinburgh out
  12. 'Munster fans thought it was done - it's not'

    Munster 17-16 Edinburgh

    Tom English

    Chief sports writer, BBC Scotland at Thomond Park

    This, in a nutshell, is why Edinburgh a re a different beast this season. This game looked all but done. The atmosphere inside Thomond Park suggested that they felt it was as good as over. Not anymore. A brilliant finish by Fowles. A lot of concerned Munster heads around me in this main stand."

  13. Try! Munster 17-14 Edinburgh

    Nathan Fowles

    "If we are in the game with 20 minutes to go, we'll win."

    Those were the words of Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill yesterday. Well his team are right in the mix here.

    Some nice hands from Grant Gilchrist sets Blair Kinghorn free. Nathan Fowles, having just come off the bench, darts through a gap and had enough power to get himself over the line.

    Jaco Van Der Walt curls the conversion over from the touchline and this one is up for grabs.

  14. Penalty - Munster 17-9 Edinburgh

    Sam Hidalgo-Clyne

    Sam Hidalgo-Clyne has looked a little slow to me in getting the ball away from the contact area. He's been caught out several times trying to get his pass away.

    His form with the boot has been imperious, however, and another successful kick gives Edinburgh some hope at 17-9. It's Hidalgo-Clyne's last involvement as he makes way for Nathan Fowles.

    Edinburgh haven't really threatened the Munster line in this match and they will have to if they are to find a way to win this.

  15. Penalty - Munster 17-6 Edinburgh

    JJ Hanrahan

    Edinburgh are starting to look a little tired and they are pinged at the breakdown.

    JJ Hanrahan looks to have found his range and pops over the kick to give the home side an 11-point cushion.

    The next score surely needs to come from Edinburgh or this match is done.

  16. Edinburgh try to hold the red sea

    Munster 14-6 Edinburgh

    Munster are up, the crowd are up and this is a huge test of Edinburgh's character now.

    The men in red are starting to punch holes in the midfield, JJ Hanrahan is pinning Edinburgh back with clever kicks and there is a general sense they are starting to gain a firm grip on this match.

  17. Try! Munster 14-6 Edinburgh

    Keith Earls

    Stop that Simon Zebo! Some sensational skills from the departing Ireland international.

    It started with a monstrous carry from the base of the scrum from CJ Stander, who left Jaco Van Der Walt on the seat of his pants.

    A loose pass was thrown behind Zebo. As the defenders closed in he picked up the ball and dinked a gorgeous little chip kick over the Edinburgh defensive line and regathered. He then had the vision and skill to fire a stunning long pass out to Keith Earls to sprint home in the corner.

    JJ Hanrahan nails the touch-line conversion and everything in the Munster garden looks a little rosier.

    Keith Earls
    Image caption: Keith Earls goes over in the corner
  18. Kick-off

    Munster 7-6 Edinburgh

    The action is back under way at Thomond Park.

  19. 'Edinburgh can win this'

    HT: Munster 7-6 Edinburgh

    Tom English

    Chief sports writer, BBC Scotland at Thomond Park

    Munster missed 19 tackles in that first half. That’s a lot of missed tackles. Edinburgh missed just five. If Edinburgh can become a bit more clinical then they can win this. They’re creating spaces and opportunities. Too many turnovers, though. Some ruthlessness in the red zone and we could talking about a major victory here

  20. Half-time

    Munster 7-6 Edinburgh

    Not a classic by any stretch of the imagination but an intriguing match nonetheless.

    The opening exchanges were pretty even until Stuart McInally's overthrow at a line-out was ruthlessly exploited by opposite number Rhys Marshall who blasted over for the game's opening try for Munster.

    Edinburgh, though, are a steelier proposition under Richard Cockerill so any hopes from the home crowd that they would crumble were ill-founded.

    Two penalties from Sam Hidalgo-Clyne has edged them back into contention. With just a point in it at the break, Edinburgh will feel this quarter-final is winnable if they can click into gear in the second period.

    Munster, Edinburgh
    Image caption: Handling errors have undermined the attacking intentions of both sides in the first half