Home comforts for Munster

Thomond Park. Photo: Diarmuid Greene.

HOLDERS Munster earned a home URC quarter-final courtesy of a nail-biting 29-26 win over Edinburgh at a thronged Hive Stadium.

The win represented a superb eighth league victory on the trot for Graham Rowntree’s side.

Two first half tries for Antoine Frisch still left the province trailing 16-12 at half time, before Jack Crowley and Gavin Coombes also crossed for five-pointers after the break.

Crowley finished the night with a remarkable 14 points, adding three conversions and the match-winning penalty (70 minutes) in a Player of the Match display.

The last eight fixture is listed for June 7/8 at Thomond Park.

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Ahead of that, Munster are due a visit from Ulster a week earlier.

Munster: Mike Haley; Calvin Nash, Antoine Frisch, Alex Nankivell, Shane Daly; Jack Crowley, Craig Casey; Jeremy Loughman, Niall Scannell, Oli Jager; Fineen Wycherley, Tadhg Beirne, captain; Jack O’Donoghue, Alex Kendellen, Gavin Coombes.

Replacements: Eoghan Clarke, Mark Donnelly, John Ryan, RG Snyman, Tom Ahern, Conor Murray, Rory Scannell, Brian Gleeson.