A lost Munster line-out ended with a try for Julien Bonnaire and Laloo saw his conversion come back off an upright.
Oâ00Garaâ00s 21st minute penalty reduced the deficit to two points and then Munster took the lead with a marvellous Horan try in the right hand corner. Oâ00Gara somehow managed to land the conversion from the tightest of angles and Munster went 13-8 in front.
Another Munster mistake ended with a try under the posts for Guaillaume Bousses as Bourgoin regained the lead and referee Malcolm Changleng awarded Munster a penalty try after Bourgoin pulled down a rolling maul that looked certain to yield a try to send Munster in at the break leading 20-15.
Oâ00Gara was wide with a long range penalty in the 44th minute but he found a huge touch four minutes later to gain Munster a foothold in Bourgoinâ00s half but the â00homeâ00 side continued to benefit from Munster mistakes and when they lost a lineout close to their own line and then saw Oâ00Garaâ00s clearance blocked down they were fortunate not to concede a try.
That luck didnâ00t hold out and in the 57th minute Nicolas Matthieu levelled with a score in the right hand corner.
Munster responded with the try of the game when Shaun Payne made the initial break before passing to Lifeimi Mafi who scored under the posts.
Oâ00Gara pushed Munster ten clear with a penalty but Bourgoin roared back with a second try for Matthieu to ensure a nervous finale to the game.
Munster: S Payne; J Kelly (T Oâ00Leary (70 mins), B Murphy, L Mafi, I Dowling; R O'Gara, P Stringer; M Horan F Pucciaiello 76 mins), F Sheahan (J Flannery 66 min), J Hayes; D O'Callaghan, P O'Connell capt; M O'Driscoll, D Wallace, D Leamy (A Foley 74 mins).
Bourgoin: F Denos; S Finau, G Bousses, R Coetzeei, Y David; S Laloo, M Parra; O Milloud, R Vigneaux, P Cardinali; B Williams, J Pierre; B Monzeglio, W Jooste, J Bonnaire capt.