Leinster suffered their first defeat of the season at home to Munster on Sunday evening…Michael Cheika Post Match reaction…

Speaking after the game Leinster Coach Michael Cheika said: “I’m obviously very disappointed and the players are hurting in there. We’ve got to be smarter with the ball and if you give the European champions that many opportunities they will hurt you.

“We’ve got to make sure we come back from this. It’s a hard loss to take.” 

The Magners League champions fell to a 18-0 defeat as Munster pushed ahead from a 3-0 half-time lead to score tries through Justin Melck (69 mins) and then Doug Howlett in the closing minutes.

Ronan O’Gara chipped in with two penalties and a conversion.

*Leinster face Connacht next Sunday evening in the Sportsground, Galway (KO: 6pm).

LEINSTER:

15: Girvan Dempsey
14: Shane Horgan (Rob Kearney, 61)
13: Brian O’Driscoll
12: Felipe Contepomi
11: Luke Fitzgerald
10: Jonathan Sexton
9: Chris Whitaker

1: Ronan McCormack (Stan Wright, half-time)
2: Bernard Jackman
3: CJ Van Der Linde
4: Leo Cullen CAPTAIN
5: Malcolm O’Kelly (Trevor Hogan, 73)
6: Rocky Elsom
7: Shane Jennings
8: Jamie Heaslip

REPLACEMENTS NOT USED: John Fogarty, Cameron Jowitt, Sean O’Brien, Chris Keane 

MUNSTER:

Keith Earls; Doug Howlett, Rua Tipoki, Lifeimi Mafi, Ian Dowling; Ronan O’Gara, Tomas O’Leary; Marcus Horan, Jerry Flannery, John Hayes; Paul O’Connell CAPTAIN, Donncha O’Callaghan; Donnacha Ryan, David Wallace, Justin Melck

REPLACEMENTS: Frank Sheahan, Federico Pucciariello, John O’Sullivan, Alan Quinlan, Peter Stringer, Paul Warwick, Barry Murphy

REFEREE: Simon McDowell (IRFU), ASSISTANT REFEREES: Colin Stanley (IRFU), David Wilkinson (IRFU), 4th OFFICIAL: John Carvill (ARLB), 5th OFFICIAL: John Montayne (ARLB), TMO: Marshall Kilgore (IRFU)