1 Penalty Try
They tied up matters with a 55th minute Scott Deasy penalty and took a lead four minutes later that they held right until that late try. And to their great credit they claimed possession from that try restart to end the game battering at the Pirates defence deep inside the 22.
They really might have put this game beyond the southern English club's reach when carving out several clear cut opportunities perhaps the clearest in the 70th minute when Billy Holland made a superb break but opted to look for the support outside, the ball going to ground with the line at their mercy, albeit with plenty of ground still to be covered.
With Cornish Pirates attacking from the off you'd be forgiven for thinking Munster had a long night ahead of them against the experienced Championship side. But when the home side settled inspired by Mick O'Driscoll, Paddy Butler and Dave Kilcoyne, and upped their physicality they matched the visitors at the breakdown and more importantly in the scrums.
The only score of the opening half came in the 38th minute when Pirates outhalf Rob Cook kicked a penalty, making up for his earlier missed attempt.
Deasy was wide in the 49th minute before nailing two in the space of four minutes for a lead that the Pirates never really looked like overturning until right at the end.
Munster: Luke O'Dea (Corey Hircock H/T); Ronan O'Mahony, Tom Gleeson, JJ Hanrahan, Simon Zebo; Scott Deasy, Peter Stringer (Duncan Williams 55); Dave Kilcoyne (Christy Condon 66), Sean Henry (Duncan Casey 28), Stephen Archer; Ian Nagle (Dave Foley 61), Mick O'Driscoll; Billy Holland, Tommy O'Donnell, Paddy Butler. Replacements: Duncan Casey, Christy Condon, Dave Foley, Brian O'Hara, Duncan Williams, Darren Moroney (UL Bohs), Corey Hircock.
Cornish Pirates: Matt Evans; Rhodri McAtee, Drew Locke, Sam Hill, David Doherty; Rob Cook, Tom Kessell; Ryan Storer, Dave Ward, Carl Rimmer; Laurie McGlone, Ian Nimmo; Chris Morgan, Charlie Walker-Blair (Blair Cowan 51), Kyle Marriott. Replacements: Tom Cowan-Dickie, Rob Elloway, Paul Andrew, Blair Cowan, Phil Burgess, Gavin cattle, Ryan Western.