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Published: 14:29 | 18/1/16

Munster restore pride with win

Victory over Stade Francais at Thomond Park

Munster restored some pride following their early exit form the European Rugby Champions Cup last weekend as they ran in four tries to beat Stade Francais 26-13 at Thomond Park.

Mike Sherry, Keith Earls, Simon Zebo and CJ Stander all crossed the whitewash to secure a bonus point for Anthony Foley's side.

Ian Keatley added three conversions, while the French side replied with a Jono Ross try and eight points from the boot of Morne Steyn.

The game may have been meaningless for the home side in terms of the competition, but Munster men were keen to put in a good performance following their dismal display in France last weekend.

However, it was Stade who drew first blood as Morne Steyn split the posts with a penalty in the opening minute.

But Munster hit back and Mike Sherry crossed for the first try of the game on 18 minutes following an excellent rolling maul close to the Stade line, but Ian Keatley was wide with the conversion attempt.

Steyn restored Stade's lead with his second penalty of the day four minutes before the break.

Munster responded well and Keith Earls crossed for their second try on the stroke of half-time, a superb solo effort which saw him break several tackles inside his own half before bursting into space and away from the Stade defence.

This time Keatley added the extras to give the Irish province a healthy 12-6 lead at the break.

Simon Zebo burst through for try number three within a minute of the restart as Munster took a firm grip on proceedings.

Keatley duly converted to make it 19-6.

Jono Ross breached the Munster defence to reduce the arrears just after the hour mark, with Steyn converting to leave just six points between the sides at 19-13.

But Munster hit back immediately as talismanic back row CJ Stander crossed to secure victory with 12 minutes remaining.

Keatley was again on target with the conversion attempt to make it 26-13 to put the seal on a good win.

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