As the French media and Perpignan players were left to trawl through the rubble of a most humbling defeat in their own back yard, Munster captain Paul |O'Connell could bask in the glow of victory for a moment.
Once more, Munster found a higher level of performance when they needed to, with a victory built on their traditional values of team work and perseverance.
“We have been getting a lot of flak at the moment and that's just the way it is. If you are not playing well, then you will get criticism,” he said. “Last week we did a lot of things well and we felt we conceded some soft tries (in the reverse 24-23 win versus Perpignan last weekend) and the scoreboard did not reflect that.
“But we trained well in the week and the coaches gave us a game-plan on how to win. We just had to go out and do it.”
The Magners League Grand Final will be held on May 29 with the team ranked highest at the end of the regulation season afforded home advantage in the decider, it was announced yesterday.
A new format this season sees the top four teams in the league play off for a spot in the final, with the higher ranked side choosing the venue for the first final of its kind.
However, the venue nominated by that team must have a capacity of 18,000 or more which means both Thomond and the RDS would qualify.
However, should Ulster make the final, Ravenhill would be deemed unsuitable due to its capacity of just 12,000.