Munster skipper Paul O'Connell was the first to admit that Leinster "were much the better side" after his team had lost their grip on the Heineken Cup in the Croke Park epic.
Leinster's 25-6 triumph ended the dream of the reigning champions to hold onto their crown and add it to the Magners League trophy they picked up earlier in the week.
Many felt the game would follow a similar pattern to the classic 2006 semi-final at Lansdowne Road when Munster beat their biggest rivals 30-6.
But, instead, it was Leinster who turned on the style to outscore Munster by three tries to nil and make up not only for their drubbing three years earlier, but also the two Magners League defeats they suffered at their hands this season.
"I'm sure what happened in 2006 formed part of their motivation, but we had also beaten them twice earlier in the season. You just take your motivation from where ever you can," said O'Connell.
"Its very disappointing, especially as it is a game and an occasion that people are going to remember. It is something we are going to have to live with for a very long time.
"We didn't play well - but we weren't allowed to. Leinster were very good up front and we were second best in most facets of play. They were much the better pack and they dominated us at the breakdown.
"It was one of the toughest games we've had three or four weeks ago against them and it was an unbelievable tough game today. They were better than us in almost every facet and we were probably dominated in every part of the game.
"Even some of the simple things we tried to do didn't come off. We pride ourselves on doing those small things well and we simply didn't do that.
"That was one of the main things that contributed to our downfall. We had a shaky start and it took root for the rest of the game.
"They took their breaks and they were very clever. They scored some good tries out wide and Brian got that interception score.
"But even after Brian's try I thought we had the players to pull something off. But good luck to Leinster - they were the better team, quite outstanding."
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