Staunton kicked another penalty but Munster dominated the remainder of the half before a breakaway try from Scott Hamilton created by Dan Hipkiss gave the home side a lead they scarcely deserved.
Munster: F Jones, D Barnes, S Deasy, T Gleeson, D Hurley, P Warwick, P Stringer, M Horan, D Fogarty, J Brugnaut, M O'Driscoll capt, D Ryan, B Holland, N Ronan, D Leamy. Replacements: D Varley, I Nagle, T O'Donnell, T Morland, J Manning, D Ryan, J Coughlan, D Riordan.
Leicester Tigers: S Hamilton; M Smith, D Hipkiss, A Allen, Johne Murphy; J Staunton, B Youngs; M Castrogiovanni, G Chuter, J White; L Deacon capt, B Kay; C Newby, B Woods, J Crane. Replacements: M Davies, M Parr,D Cole, B Deacon, G Parling, H Ellis, M Tuilagi, B Twelvetrees, T Croft, B Pienaar, J Grindal, N Jean-Jean.