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Munster crash out

Munster failed to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup for the first time in 13 years after slumping to a 32-16 defeat in Toulon.

Half-backs Jonny Wilkinson and Pierre Mignoni drove Toulon to a 26-9 half-time advantage, with Munster lock Donncha O'Callaghan sin-binned shortly before the break.

Wingers Christian Loamanu and Paul Sackey scored first-half tries at a partisan Stade Felix Mayol, and any hopes of a Munster comeback evaporated when Ronan O'Gara was yellow carded in the 49th minute.

Wilkinson finished with 22 points as the big-spending French outfit reached the knock-out stages in their first season in the competition.

Three O'Gara penalties and a converted David Wallace try made up the Munster scoring.


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