Against all the odds, Leinster pulled out a magnificent, comprehensive performance to deny Munster another final appearance and another Heineken Cup title.
Brian O’Driscoll said before the game that he was jealous of Munster, that he wanted to be a European champion, and on this evidence, he may well be come the end of this month.
The Dublin side dominated the breakdown, which is where matches are so often won these days, and beat Munster at their own game. When O’Driscoll intercepted a pass from Ronan O’Gara and dived over underneath the posts, the game was won and Munster were out. There was no way back.
I could not imagine anyone’s name on the trophy than Munster’s, and Leinster were so incredible that I now can’t see anyone beating them.
Cardiff take on Leicester this afternoon in the other semi, and fingers are crossed that the game will be half as good as what we saw at Croke Park yesterday.