Munster took an early lead with an O'Gara penalty and try from Alan Quinlan but were then stung when Llanelli crossed for two tries before the break. In the early stages of the second half it was Llanelli who carried the fight to the home side who were fortunate that referee Andy Ireland ruled out what looked a legitimate try for out-half Hercus.
However, Munster had themselves been denied a first half try when Frank Sheahan looked to have been mauled over the Scarlets line only for the referee to decide the Munster hooker had been held up. Hercus had the opportunity to snatch a dramatic win when Scarlets were awarded an injury time penalty but he dragged his effort left and wide.
There was a debut tonight for Ian Dowling from Kilkenny and the Shannon clubman capped a memorable evening by been awarded the Toyota Man of the Match award. The other player to make his Munster debut was Tomas O'Leary who was a replacement from the start for Peter Stringer who was forced to withdraw with a back spasm
O'Leary looked more than comfortable at this level as did Barry Murphy, operating at full-back.
Munster: B Murphy; J Kelly, D Leamy (Henderson ht), T Halstead, I Dowling; R O'Gara, P Stringer; F Pucciariello (Horan 77min), F Sheahan, J Hayes; D O'Callaghan, P O'Connell (O'Driscoll 74 min); A Quinlan, D Wallace, A Foley capt.
Llanelli Scarlets: Lee Byrne; Dafydd James, Matthew J Watkins, Regan King; Tal Selley; Mike Hercus, Clive Stuart-Smith; Iestyn Thomas, Aled Gravelle, John Davies; Hotie Louw, Adam Jones; Simon Easterby capt, Jonathan Mills, Alix Popham.
Referee: Andy Ireland (SRU).