Alby Mathewson congratulates team-mate Andrew Conway after scoring one of Munster's five tries in the Heineken Champions Cup against Gloucester at Thomond Park
MUNSTER claimed a 36-22 bonus point win over 14-man Gloucester in their Heineken Champions Cup Pool 2 fixture at Thomond Park on Saturday.
Munster scored five tries in all to claim a maximum five-point haul before an official attendance of 23,068.
The complexion of the game changed in the 29th minute with the red-carding of Gloucester’s England international out-half Danny Cipriani.
Mike Haley, Luke Marshall, Joey Carbery, Sammy Arnold and Andrew Conway scored tries for Munster as the home side claimed a maximum five-point haul.
However, the major talking point from the game was Cipriani's dismissed for a shoulder barge into Munster centre Rory Scannell's head on the half hour mark.
Munster's win came at a cost with flanker Tommy O'Donnell and centre Dan Goggin suffering nasty injuries.
Slick— Watch the Heineken Champions Cup on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) October 20, 2018
Munster run in try number four and it's beautiful!
What an off-load from Joey Carbery pic.twitter.com/Af8l7TWQvZ
Danny Cipriani has been sent off— Watch the Heineken Champions Cup on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) October 20, 2018
He knew straight away he was going to be shown red for this tackle.
He apologised on his way off but his week has gone from bad to worse... pic.twitter.com/XGga2MHz2P
MUNSTER: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Dan Goggin, Rory Scannell, Darren Sweetnam; Joey Carbery, Duncan Williams; James Cronin, Rhys Marshall, John Ryan, Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne, Peter O'Mahony (capt), Tommy O'Donnell, CJ Stander. Replacements: Kevin O'Byrne, Dave Kilcoyne, Stephen Archer, Billy Holland, Arno Botha, Alby Mathewson, JJ Hanrahan, Sam Arnold.
GLOUCESTER: Jason Woodward; Matt Banahan, Billy Twelvetrees, Mark Atkinson, Tom Marshall; Danny Cipriani, Callum Braley; Josh Hohneck, Franco Marais, Fraser Balmain, Tom Savage, Ed Slater (capt), Freddie Clarke, Jake Polledri, Ben Morgan. Replacements: Henry Walker, Val Rapava Ruskin, Ciaran Knight, Gerbrandt Grobler, Gareth Evans, Ben Vellacott, Owen Williams, Tom Hudson.
REFEREE: Alexandre Ruiz (France)