Andrew Conway celebrates scoring his solo try
A SENSATIONAL 75th minute solo try from Andrew Conway helped resilient Munster stun star-studded Toulon 20-19 in an epic Champions Cup quarter-final clash at a sold-out Thomond Park on Easter Saturday.
Toulon, who dominated possession and territory for long stages of a nail-biting game, looked all set to become just the second away side to win a quarter-final at the Limerick venue in 10 attempts when leading 19-13 inside the final six minutes.
However, Conway’s terrific solo try edged Munster back into the contest and out-half Ian Keatley duly added the match-clinching conversion.
The French visitors kicked themselves into an early 6-0 lead but an opportunistic try from Conor Murray and five points from Ian Keatley handed Munster an unlikely 10-6 advantage at the break.
Munster stayed in front until the 65th minute when Chris Ashton scored under the posts, a lead that was extended when Francois Trinh-Duc kicked a penalty three minutes later.
However, Munster appearing in a record 17th quarter-final, claimed the spoils late on to set up a semi-final clash with either Clermont Auvergne or Racing 92 in France in three weeks’ time.
MUNSTER: Simon Zebo; Andrew Conway, Sam Arnold, Rory Scannell, Alex Wootton; Ian Keatley, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Rhys Marshall, Stephen Archer, Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland, Peter O'Mahony (capt), Jack O'Donoghue, CJ Stander. Replacements: Niall Scannell, James Cronin, John Ryan, Gerbrandt Grobler, Robin Copeland, James Hart, JJ Hanrahan, Darren Sweetnam.
TOULON: Chris Ashton; Josua Tuisova, Mathieu Bastareaud (capt), Ma'a Nonu, Semi Radradra; Anthony Belleau, Eric Escande; Florian Fresia, Guilhem Guirado, Marcel van der Merwe, Juandre Kruger, Dave Attwood, Raphael Lakafia, Facundo Isa, Duane Vermeulen. Replacements: Anthony Etrillard, Xavier Chiocci, Emerick Setiano, Romain Taofifenua, Malakai Fekitoa, Alby Mathewson, Francois Trinh-Duc, Samu Manoa.
REFEREE: Nigel Owens (Wales)