Munster ended their poor recent spell with a 39-10 comfortable success over Connacht on Friday night.
Munster (20) 39
Tries: Foley, Wallace 2, Cullen, Holland, Pusey.
Cons: Cullen, Staunton 2
Connacht (0) 10
Confidence in the Munster camp was low after the 60-14 defeat to Cardiff Blues but they bounced back in style in front of their home fans in Limerick.
A first-half double from David Wallace, along with skipper Anthony Foley's
ninth-minute opener paved the way for victory over a jaded Connacht.
Munster added another three tries in the second half.
The ever-alert Foley
claimed a dropping ball at a line-out to dive under Mike Walls' tackle for the opening try.
Jeremy Staunton clipped the conversion wide but moved the visitors 8-0 in front from
a 28-metre penalty on 23 minutes.
Munster rounded off a 20-point first half
against 14 men, following prop Dan McFarland's sin-binning, wth Wallace going over for two tries.
Eric Elwood scored for a penalty Connacht on 52 minutes and five minutes later, down to
13 men with number eight John O'Sullivan sin-binned for going over the top, a
slick maul saw referee Hugh Watkins award the penalty try.
But Munster pulled away on the hour mark as Jason Holland went under the posts on 67 minutes.
enough brute strength to clamber over in the right corner past McPhillips five
minutes later and Cullen completed a double for the hosts over Connacht this
season as he ended a fine 40-metre move with his first try and convert with four
Munster: Cullen., Kelly, Payne, Holland, Horgan, Staunton,
Reddan, Horan, Flannery, McIlwham, O'Callaghan, O'Connell,
Quinlan, Wallace, Foley.
Replacements: Kerr, Roche, Pusey, S. Keogh, Prendergast,
Connacht: Mostyn, O'Loughlin, Yapp, McHugh, McPhillips, Elwood,
Walls, McFarland, Jackman, Bracken, Browne, Farley, Swift,
Replacements: Clarke, Fogarty, McCarthey, Uijs, Murphy, Burke,
Referee: Hugh Watkins (Wales)