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Danny Barnes

Danny Barnes

Danny Barnes

Munster recorded their fourth win in five meetings with the Ospreys this season to qualify for the Magners League grand final with an 18-11 win at Thomond Park.

Danny Barnes' first senior try for the Irish province helped them lead 8-3 after totally dominating the first half.

The Ospreys hung in there with two penalties from Dan Biggar but a second touchdown from Barnes gave Munster some breathing space.before Richard Fussell's last-minute consolation score.

The result ended the Ospreys' hopes of becoming the first team to win back-to-back league titles and set up an intriguing all-Irish clash with Leinster in Limerick on May 28.

Munster's pressure eventually told in the 32nd minute when a neat necklace of passes between Keith Earls, Howlett and Felix Jones sent Barnes scampering over to the right of the posts.

Biggar thumped over his second penalty to keep the Welsh side in the hunt, punishing Damien Varley for a ruck offence, before Munster landed a telling blow in the form of Barnes' 57th-minute try.

The Tralee youngster charged down Fussell's attempted clearance and collected the bouncing ball to sprint in behind the posts. Ronan O'Gara's conversion gave Munster some breathing space at 18-6.

As this largely forgettable encounter became looser and looser, the Ospreys looked more potent and Biggar's grubber kick was dotted down by Fussell in the left corner.

Biggar could not add the extras and the Ospreys, despite enjoying a long spell of possession in injury time, were unable to unlock the Munster defence again.

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