Munster got back to winning ways in the BKT United Rugby Championship when they defeated DHL Stormers 10-3.
Munster got their URC campaign back on track as they picked up a 10-3 victory over Stormers in Thomond Park on Saturday in a repeat of the 2023 final.
Edwin Edogbo’s try just before the interval proved to be the difference as Graham Rowntree’s men picked up their third win of the campaign.
It was a landmark night for tighthead prop Stephen Archer who came on in the third quarter to equal Donnacha O’Callaghan’s record 268 appearances for Munster.
Conditions were a far cry from the Cape Town sun in the final in May, and it developed into a tough contest in the wind and rain.
Scores were scarce in front of a crowd of 15,044 at Thomond Park, but Munster took the lead after 14 minutes when Jack Crowley slotted a penalty.
They applied plenty of pressure but didn’t increase their lead until just before the break when a Crowley penalty to the corner led to an onslaught.
Stormers’ captain Neethling Fouche was binned and Munster pounced with the extra man, driving home for Edogbo, who scored his first ever Munster try against the Sharks on the opening weekend of the season, to get the touchdown.
Crowley landed the conversion from wide to lead 10-0 at the break.
The South Africans hit back after the restart despite being down a man and a penalty from Sasha Feinberg-Mngomezulu got them on the board after 45 minutes.
Munster face Leinster next weekend at the Aviva Stadium.
Munster: Shane Daly; Calvin Nash, Antoine Frisch, Alex Nankivell, Shay McCarthy; Jack Crowley, Craig Casey (Conor Murray, 59); Jeremy Loughman (Josh Wycherley, 48), Scott Buckley, John Ryan (Stephen Archer, 48); Edwin Edogbo (Tom Ahern, 53), Tadhg Beirne; Peter O’Mahony (Jack O’Donoghue, 41), John Hodnett (Alex Kendellen, 68), Gavin Coombes.
Not used: Chris Moore, Rory Scannell.