Tries: T Williams 2, L Williams; Cons: J Evans 3 Pens: J Evans 2
Munster saved alive their hopes of a Pro14 Rainbow Cup last place with a bonus-point victory over Cardiff Blues.
After trailing 10-0 early on to a Tomos Williams strive, Munster battled again with two tries from hooker Niall Scannell and second-row Fineen Wycherley.
Williams added a second rating earlier than substitute Lloyd Williams crossed, whereas Jarrod Evans kicked 12 factors.
Substitute prop Keynan Knox sealed the win with Munster’s fourth strive, with Joey Carbery contributing 11 factors.
The match resulted in controversy as Munster captain CJ Stander efficiently used the brand new captain’s problem trial legislation to cease Cardiff Blues from clinching a late victory. It was an underwhelming finish to an exhilarating match that yielded seven tries.
Munster have gone above earlier north leaders Benetton, with the highest European aspect going through the main South African crew in a last in Italy on 19 June.
The Irish province play their last match towards Zebre on 11 June, with Italian aspect Benetton going through Connacht and Ospreys.
It was an ideal approach to mark the ultimate appearances at Thomond Park of Munster captain Stander and flanker Tommy O’Donnell, with each gamers retiring on the finish of the season.
Munster achieved the victory with out the providers of 2021 British and Irish Lion Conor Murray, after the Eire scrum-half sustained a leg damage within the 24-20 defeat by Connacht two weeks in the past.
Cardiff Blues included one other South Africa-bound Lions participant, wing Josh Adams, of their beginning line-up, whereas Wales back-rower James Botham made his first look for the area since April.
Jarrod Evans arrange the opening strive with a terrific, flat move to Willis Halaholo, who slipped in Wales scrum-half Tomos Williams. Evans slotted the conversion and added a penalty to provide the guests an early 10-point lead.
Munster responded with three transformed tries in eight minutes to guide 21-10 at half-time.
Hooker Scannell burrowed over twice from driving lineouts both aspect of second-row Wycherley crashing over.
Cardiff Blues battled again with a second rating from scrum-half Williams after intelligent build-up work from Hallam Amos and Seb Davies.
The Welsh area demonstrated the hazard they posed after they had possession, with Evans and centre Ben Thomas pulling the midfield strings.
Carbery slotted over a penalty earlier than Munster full-back Mike Haley was yellow-carded for a harmful problem on reverse quantity Amos.
Referee Andrew Brace acknowledged there have been mitigating circumstances to keep away from a sending-off after Haley appeared to make contact with Amos’ head.
Cardiff Blues captain Josh Turnbull took benefit of the additional man with an outrageous dummy earlier than releasing substitute Lloyd Williams to attain, with Evans’ conversion levelling the scores at 24-24.
Evans slotted over his second penalty as Cardiff Blues regained the lead, however Munster weren’t completed as substitute prop Keynan Knox crashed over earlier than three late captain’s challenges dominated the closing minutes.
Munster launched proceedings after Halaholo had obstructed Gavin Coombes however whereas that was profitable, Brace dominated a Munster excessive sort out was extra critical and awarded the guests a penalty.
Cardiff Blues captain Turnbull was unsuccessful in his captain’s problem, earlier than Munster’s Stander launched one other one in every of his personal.
He had noticed Lloyd Williams kicking the ball again right into a ruck and Brace agreed after viewing a number of replays because the hosts claimed victory.
It proved a well timed and professional intervention from Stander to finish his last act at Thomond Park.
Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Damian de Allende, Rory Scannell, Shane Daly; Joey Carbery, Craig Casey; James Cronin, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer, Jean Kleyn, Fineen Wycherley, Jack O’Donoghue, Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander (capt).
Replacements: Diarmuid Barron, Jeremy Loughman, Keynan Knox, Gavin Coombes, Peter O’Mahony, Nick McCarthy, Jack Crowley, Jack O’Sullivan.
Cardiff Blues: Hallam Amos; Jason Harries, Willis Halaholo, Ben Thomas, Josh Adams; Jarrod Evans, Tomos Williams; Corey Domachowski, Kristian Dacey, Dillon Lewis, Seb Davies, Cory Hill, Josh Turnbull (capt), James Botham, James Ratti.
Replacements: Liam Belcher, Rhys Carré, Dmitri Arhip, Rory Thornton, Olly Robinson, Lloyd Williams, Dan Fish, Matthew Morgan.
Referee: Andrew Brace (IRFU)
Assistant Referees: Rob O’Sullivan, Nigel Correll (each IRFU)