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Simon Zebo produced a moment of magic in his last home game for Munster

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Munster have set up a Pro14 semi-final against Leinster thanks to their 20-16 victory over Edinburgh.

As thrilling as an all-Ireland final would have been, that was no longer possible and the two rivals going head-to-head in the last four will be an equally tantalising prospect.

It may not have been straightforward, but Johann van Graan won't be too concerned as he could rely on Keith Earls to put in a man-of-the-match performance when it mattered.

All eyes were on Simon Zebo too, as he featured in what will be his last home game for the province.

Having made close to 150 appearances in his eight years at Thomond Park, it was a momentous occasion for the Ireland international.

The 28-year-old is heading for Racing 92 this summer, but there was still time for him to conjure up one more moment of genius.

Zebo initially failed to claim the pass, before he broke through with a lovely chip and created a try out of absolutely nothing.

Check it out below:

Zebo at his very best - it was that man Earls who finished it all off, but as the crowd's reaction suggested, the way it all started was just incredible.

Despite the swathes of empty seats, those that were present gave their outgoing star the reception he deserved.

They were repaid on the pitch too, as Edinburgh were punished for their sloppy start and individual errors throughout.

Munster will need to do better if they are to overcome an albeit distracted Leinster on May 19 - that will be just days after the latter's European Champions Cup game.

Zebo's day 

JJ Hanrahan's penalty was ultimately what got Munster over the line.

This was all about Zebo, however, and the fullback has undoubtedly gone out how he would have wanted in his last home outing.

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“I said to the team inside, since I came, the thing we will miss most is his smile and his attitude," van Graan said afterwards, per The42.

“He’s his own man and such a fantastic Munster man. He was part of a back three that played really well today, I thought the back three as a unit really did well, but there was one or two moments from Zeebs.

“Firstly, to see that chip and that pass was pretty special. We’re going to miss him as a Munster man.”

How will Munster replace Zebo? Have your say in the comments. 

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