19 Apr 14
In ideal playing conditions at the Sportsground Munster claimed a bonus point victory against Connacht to win 32-23 tonight, moving the province back to 2nd spot in the table.
Stade Rochelais led 10-0 at the break, when Rob Penney as planned rang the changes, keeping just two of his backline Doug Howlett and Luke O'Dea in what was nine changes overall. Stade also made changes but without much disruption to their rhythm and they extended their lead in the 52nd minute with a length of the field move that ended with a try for replacement Francois Herry.
Another replacement, Uini Antonio, scored their fourth try and although Christy Condon did marvellously well to deny a certain score, it proved to be just a delay as the French scored from the subsequent scrum.
Scanlon's 70th minute try was converted by it's creator Scott Deasy to end the scoring.
Munster: D Hurley; D Howlett, D Barnes, J Downey, L O'Dea; I Keatley, D Williams; D Kilcoyne, G Slattery, S Archer; B Holland, B Hayes; T O'Donnell, S Dougall, J Coughlan.
Replacements: D Casey, M Horan, J Ryan, W du Preez, C Condon, P Donnellan, C O'Flaherty, P Butler, B O'Mahony, P Stringer, J Holland, S Deasy, JJ Hanrahan, C Laulala, S Scanlon, R O'Mahony.