Felipe Contepomi

Isa Nacewa 9

Remember his dodgy kicking earlier in the season when misplaced at out-half? Forgiven and forgotten thanks to his lethal running game, pass for D'Arcy's try and last-gasp defending.

Shane Horgan 7.5

Without the electricity of old but craft and persistence have replaced the pace – see his block on Marcus Horan in build up to the first try for proof.

Brian O'Driscoll 9.5

Cut, bruised and battered, was massively physical in defence, made space for the opening try and was the cool head as usual. His leadership as important as his try. Then again, what's new in all that?

Gordon D'Arcy 8.5

Symbolic of the ferocity Leinster brought from the start and looked more like a wing-forward in defence. Looked more like a centre when finishing for his try.

Luke Fitzgerald 7.5

One explosion on the wing made up for his silence in the first half. Granted, Paul Warwick tackled like a schoolgirl in a sulk.

Felipe Contepomi 8.5

If that is the end of his Leinster days, his 25 minutes represented what he brought to the side over seven years. Contepomi targeted and beat O'Gara and Stringer with his brute force. Peach of a drop-goal too.

Chris Whitaker 9

His opposite number had the platform to ping off perfect passes. But while Leinster were less secure at the breakdown, he still managed to give his backs plenty to work with. His pass for the first-half try surmised what he brought to the party.

Cian Healy 7.5

Body never caved against more experienced, celebrated opponents. Mind did with that stupid challenge on Ian Dowling. Needs to keep his head in final.

Bernard Jackman 8

Can't have been fun staring down the opposition second-rows at line-out time but never wobbled and in field he brought buckets of intensity.

Stan Wright 8

Part of a front-row that crucially flooded the breakdown and forced Munster into mistakes.

Leo Cullen 7.5

Never going to compete with O'Connell but stayed steady while the Lions captain stumbled. Extra credit for keeping cool after despicable and disgusting eye gouging.

Malcolm O'Kelly 8

Leinster turned the ball over eight times in the opening 30 minutes. O'Kelly's presence was a big factor.

Rocky Elsom 9.5

Unstoppable going forward and what would have happened if he hadn't buried Dowling close to the line early on?

Shane Jennings 8.5

Before O'Driscoll ended the contest, there were 10 minutes of pressure and he, more than anyone, was vital to holding Munster out. Game winning.

Jamie Heaslip 8

Under pressure, Munster retreated to what they know best and targeted the fringes. Holding them tryless says it all.


Jonathan Sexton 8 Fitted right in and suggested he's the future.

Girvan Dempsey 7 Fresh legs and fresh tackles at vital stage.

Ronan McCormack, John Fogarty, Seán O'Brien and Devin Toner not on long enough to be rated