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Connacht conquer Munster hoodoo

Connacht humbled Munster 24-16 for just the second time in their last 42 matches on what Robbie Henshaw felt was an "unbelievable night" at the wet and windy Sportsground.

They moved into fifth in the PRO12 table with Europe now a real prospect.

From the outset, the westerners played into the elements and Peter O'Mahony clamped down on John Muldoon at a ruck for Ian Keatley to land a penalty.

It was Keatley's killer diagonal kick and O'Mahony's patience at the rear of a maul that paid a seven-point dividend when Keatley converted from the left.

Another Keatley three took Munster thirteen points clear by the 16th minute.

The game came alive when Craig Ronaldson's lovely chip was taken at full speed by Henshaw and the centre drew in Andrew Conway to put Kieron Marmion through for Ronaldson to convert in the 32nd minute.

Keatley shot three when Bundee Aki took Simon Zebo too high in the tackle for 16-7 at the break.

Connacht were back in business off the back of direct surges by Henshaw and Aki to allow Marmion to find Ronaldson's bursting over. Full-back Daragh Leader converted.

They hit the front for the first time from Miah Nikora's penalty in the 56th minute.

Then, lock Quinn Roux bolted clear for a break of 20 metres. Marmion stole a march down the blindside of a scrum and Aly Muldowney ground down the try, converted by Leader for 24-16 in the 63rd minute.


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