|Munster: (24) 27|
|Tries: Coombes 2, O’Donoghue Pen: Carbery, Crowley Cons: Carbery 3|
|Northampton: (0) 23|
|Try: Freeman, Ramm Pen: Smith 3 Con: Smith 2|
The 14 men of Munster held off a spirited Northampton Saints fightback to claim victory at Thomond Park in the Heineken Champions Cup.
Saints scored 23 second-half points to reduce the deficit to four points but Munster were resilient and held on.
Gavin Coombes scored twice and Jack O’Donoghue crossed as Munster led 24-0.
O’Donoghue was sent off two minutes after scoring and Saints hit back after the break through tries from Tommy Freeman and James Ramm.
More to follow.
Munster: Haley; Nash, Frisch, Crowley, Daly; Carbery, Casey; Kilcoyne, N Scannell, Salanoa, Kleyn, Beirne, O’Donoghue, O’Mahony (capt), Coombes.
Replacements: Buckley, Wycherley, Ryan, Hodnett, Kendellen, Patterson, R Scannell, Coombes.
Northampton: Furbank; Freeman, Proctor, Hutchinson, Ramm; F Smith, Mitchell; A Waller, Haywood, Hill, Ribbans, Moon, Salakaia-Loto, Lawes, Ludlam (capt).
Replacements: R Smith, E Waller, Petch, Coles, Scott-Young, Braley, Dingwall, Skosan.