MUNSTER crashed out of the Champions Cup in spectacular fashion after suffering a 27-7 mauling at the hands of 14-man Stade Francais at Stade Jean Bouin on Sturday night.
Munster slumped to a third straight defeat in European competition for the first time in the province’s history as Anthony Foley’s men exited at the pool stages for the second successive year.
Munster, who trailed 10-0 at half-time, failed to score until the 75th minute of the game, despite Stade winger Josaia Raisuqe being red-carded just before the interval for an eye gouge on Munster skipper CJ Stander.
Munster, who failed to pick up even a losing bonus point for the third straight game in Europe, face Stade Francais in the return game at Thomond Park on Saturday.
Munster cause was not helped by the loss of three players to injury in the opening half, Andrew Conway, BJ Botha and the recently returned Tommy O’Donnell.
However, Munster’s tackling was again very poor as the men in red missed no fewer than 17 tackles over the course of the game.
Munster finally got points on the board in the 75th minute after Stade had notched three tries when Conor Murray touched down with Rory Scannell converting. It was scant consolation for a soundly beaten Munster side.
STADE FRANCAIS: Hugo Bonneval; Julien Arias, Waisea Vuidarvuwalu, Paul Williams, Josaia Raisuqe; Morne Steyn, Julien Dupuy; Zak Taulafo, Laurent Sempere, Paul Alo Emile, Hugh Pyle, Paul Gabrillagues, Sekou Macalou, Sylvain Nicolas, Sergio Parisse (capt). Replacements: Laurent Panis, Heinke van der Merwe, Rabah Slimani, Gerhard Mostert, Jonathan Ross, Julien Tomas, Jules Plisson, Jonathan Danty.
MUNSTER: Andrew Conway; Keith Earls, Francis Saili, Rory Scannell, Simon Zebo; Ian Keatley, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Mike Sherry, BJ Botha, Dave Foley, Mark Chisholm, Robin Copeland, Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander (capt). Replacements: Niall Scannell, John Ryan, Mario Sagario, Billy Holland, Jack O’Donoghue, Tomas O’Leary, Denis Hurley, Ronan O’Mahony.