RaboDirect Pro12: Munster and Ospreys play out 13-13 draw at Thomond Park
Last Updated: 02/03/13 10:12pm
Damien Varley: On the scoresheet for Munster
Munster's RaboDirect PRO12 play-off ambitions suffered a further hit at Thomond Park in Limerick as they were held to a 13-13 draw by defending champions the Ospreys.
Ireland fly-half Ronan O'Gara matched Matthew Morgan's two penalties for a 6-6 scoreline at the end of a first half full of endeavour and hard running.
The hosts then moved ahead thanks to Damien Varley's 44th-minute try, only for the Ospreys to respond with a converted effort from Jonathan Thomas.
Steve Tandy's men touched down while Munster prop Stephen Archer was in the sin-bin, but there were no further scoring chances in an energy-sapping final half hour.
The result, on the back of a thumping defeat in Treviso, leaves Munster in sixth place with five rounds remaining.
The Ospreys stay six points ahead of them and the Scarlets, who currently hold the last semi-final spot, are a further point in front.
RaboDirect PRO12 2012/13 Round 17
Glasgow Warriors defeated Cardiff Blues 29-13 to move to the top of the RaboDirect PRO12 table.
Leinster held off a one-man performance by Newport Gwent Dragons' Steffan Jones to ease to a 26-19 win at Rodney Parade.
The Scarlets moved into the RaboDirect PRO12 play-off places after edging to a 14-13 victory over Edinburgh.