Munster secured their spot in the last four of the European Champions Cup at Thomond Park in a vintage home performance.
Rassie Erasmus’ men followed Leinster into the semi-finals with an impressive 41-16 win over Toulouse.
They led for almost the whole game after John Ryan crossed in just the fifth minute. They could have been further after Tyler Bleyendaal dotted down later in the half but it was eventually brought back for a knock forward.
Despite the home side’s dominance, Toulouse managed to get in at the break just 13-9 down.
Munster went for the jugular early in the second half and were 24-9 ahead quickly before a controversial try brought the French side back into it. The province held off countless waves of attack and late tries from Darren Sweetnam and Andrew Conway gave the scoreline a gloss that Toulouse didn’t quite deserve.
It was a quintessential Munster performance with phenomenal intensity and work rate seeing the hosts over the line.
— Paddy Murray (@paddytmurray) April 1, 2017
What a win! #Munster
— Ciaran Johnson (@Ciaran_Johnson) April 1, 2017
— Gerard Hickie (@HickieGerard) April 1, 2017
You gotta love these Munster lads
— Joe Molloy (@MolloyJoe) April 1, 2017
And that's Munster through to the semi-final.
— The Loose Head ? (@TheLooseH) April 1, 2017
As good as I've seen from Munster in a long, long time – a throwback to the legendary teams #MUNvTOU
— Cian Carroll (@CianByNature) April 1, 2017
Two men drew most of the plaudits on Twitter with the rugby world acknowledging the brilliant performances of Simon Zebo and Peter O’Mahony leading many to suggest the Corkonians have to be a part of the 37-man group that will travel south with the Lions this summer.
O’Mahony, in particular, had Lions fans begging Warren Gatland to give him a chance in the test series.
— Paddy O'Brien (@Padzelli) April 1, 2017
P.O'Mahony better check to make sure his passport is in order cus he is on da lions plane. #MUNvTOU
— Simon Twomey (@SiTwomey) April 1, 2017
Hard to ever fault O'Mahony and Zebo. Two of the most impressive players to watch, on and off the ball #MUNvTOU
— Neal Cummins (@NealCummins) April 1, 2017
Zebo doing himself no harm for a Lions spot today. Immense at 15. Has to be in the 37
— John (@John62476349) April 1, 2017