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Munster's six of the worst

Cardiff 48 Munster 18

Cardiff Arms Park, October 16, 1996

A young Rob Howley ran riot with a hat-trick of tries at the home of Welsh rugby as rampant Cardiff ran in eight tries in a humbling lesson for the Munstermen.

Toulouse 60 Munster 19

Stade Ernest Wallon, November 2, 1996

The French giants went one better than the Welsh side, running in nine tries with outside centre Michel Marfaing notching up a hat-trick, while prop Christian Califano scored a double.

Gloucester 35 Munster 16, Kingsholm, October 12, 2002

A bonus-point win for the English Premiership side who looked to have Munster's measure in every department. Munster's proud record looked in trouble, until a certain miracle match.

Llanelli 24 Munster 15

Stradey Park, March 31, 2007

It wasn't the margin, but the manner in which the champions were dumped out of this quarter-final that rankled. Munster never got going and were duly punished by the Welsh region.

Munster 9 Leinster 25

Croke Park, May 2, 2009

The changing of the guard as Leinster's upward trajectory took them past the ailing champions at a packed Croke Park. Rocky Elsom's strength and Jonny Sexton's accuracy did the damage.

Biarritz 18 Munster 7

Anoeta Stadium, May 3, 2010

Munster's set-piece was destroyed in the heat of San Sebastian with Dimitri Yachvilli landing six penalties to end the European dream for another season.

Irish Independent