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Munster set up Quins showdown

Munster are through to the last four of the Amlin Challenge Cup after edging a frenetic quarter-final at Brive 42-37.

The visitors looked to be cruising when wingers Doug Howlett and Keith Earls both crossed for tries in the first five minutes, but the French side responded with touchdowns from Retief Uys and Fabrice Estebanez. Howlett stopped the rot with another score, however, Brive battled their way to a 20-19 lead at the end of a breathless first period.

Ugo Mola's men undid all their hard work early in the second half when Earls and Peter Stringer were allowed to score two soft tries, and Ronan O'Gara's 17-point haul set up a home semi-final against Harlequins - despite late tries from Alexis Palisson and Shaun Perry.

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