Rugby - Munster edge out Connacht

Munster survived a second-half comeback from Connacht in a rain-lashed RaboDirect PRO12 derby encounter at the Sportsground to clinch a 16-12 win.

Munster crucially struck for 10 unanswered points late in the first half while Connacht hooker Jason Harris-Wright was in the sin-bin. Ian Keatley converted a penalty try and added his second penalty, handing Rob Penney's men a 13-6 interval lead, with Dan Parks booting a brace of penalties for Connacht.

Keatley was successful with another penalty attempt but a third three-pointer and a drop-goal from Parks set up a grandstand finish, during which George Naoupu was inches away from grabbing the match-winning try.