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Munster edge out rivals Leinster

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Keith Earls (left) and Jonathan Sexton

Keith Earls (left) and Jonathan Sexton

Keith Earls (left) and Jonathan Sexton

Leinster's double dreams were wrecked by arch-rivals Munster, who deservedly finished the season as Magners League champions following a 19-9 win.

Tries from wingers Doug Howlett and Keith Earls, allied to a late penalty try, helped Munster bring the Heineken Cup winners back down to earth.

Tony McGahan called for attitude and intensity from Munster and he got it in spades as the province lifted the league title for the second time in three seasons at Thomond Park.

Table-toppers since round two of the competition, Paul O'Connell and his team-mates outfought a tired-looking Leinster side who could only muster three penalties from Jonathan Sexton.

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