Staunton held his nerve when landing the winning penalty into a howling wind from just outside the Warriors 22 after the Welsh went offside. Munster, who leapfrogged their opponents in the table, ran down the clock before the game ended in a bizarre fashion. Warriors legend Neil Jenkins kicked the ball away in anger after his side was penalised in a ruck only to flatten Scottish referee Andrew Ireland accidentally in the process. Munster opened brightly with Staunton landing an early penalty and then converting Mike Mullins' 15th try for a 10-0 lead. The Warriors hit back on the half-hour with a well-constructed try scored by prop Phil Booth near the posts and Jenkins converted for 10-7. Staunton and Jenkins exchanged penalties to leave Munster 13-10 in front at the break and playing into the strong wind. Within 90 seconds of the re-start the Warriors levelled with a Jenkins penalty only for Staunton to edge in front again with another kick. But that advantage lasted only a few minutes, when Shaun James set up powerful wing Aisea Havili for the Warriors' second try which Jenkins was unable to convert. Now 18-16 adrift, Munster nipped in front once more with a Staunton penalty after 53 minutes. Yet three minutes later Jenkins edged the Warriors back in front at 21-19. That was the way it stayed until Staunton emerged as the Munster hero with his dramatic late penalty and completed a 17-point haul.
Munster (22) Try: Mullins Cons: Staunton Pens: Staunton (5)
Warriors (21) Tries: Havili, Booth Cons: N Jenkins Pens: N Jenkins (3)
15 Dominic Crotty 14 Martin McPhail 13 Mike Mullins 12 Jason Holland 11 Mossy Lawlor 10 Jeremy Staunton 9 Eoin Reddan 1 Simon Kerr 2 Andy Lony 3 Frank Roche 4 Trevor Hogan 5 Stephen Keogh 6 Denis Leamy 7 Colm McMahon 8 Jim Williams (Capt)
Replacements: 16 Eugene McGovern 17 James Blaney 18 Donal Sheehan 19 Tom Hayes 20 Frank Murphy 21 Conrad OSullivan 22 Clem Casey.
E. Lewis, Wyatt, S. James, L. Thomas, Havili, N. Jenkins, John, Booth, Rees, Horsman, D. Jones, Budgett, M. Lewis, Parks, Harris.
Replacements: Balshen, Morris, Halford, Molitika, Chiltern, Nuthall, Musto.
Munster 22 Celtic Warriors 21