Video: Munster Stun Sale
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Munster staged a superb second-half comeback in the European Rugby Champions Cup to stun Sale Sharks 27-26 at the AJ Bell Stadium in typical Munster fashion.
Ian Keatley landed a long-range drop goal with the last play as the visitors scored 20 points after the break to come out on top at the end of a gripping Pool 1 clash that was the very definition of a game of two halves.
The Sharks had looked set to make a perfect return to Europe’s top table when they deservedly led 23-7 at the break, Danny Cipriani kicking 13 points including converting tries from Magnus Lund and Johnny Leota.
However, Munster – aided by a strong wind at their backs – rallied to dash Sale’s hopes of an opening round win, Andrew Conway and Conor Murray both touching down before Keatley kicked them to victory in dramatic fashion.
It was a sucker punch for the Sharks, particularly with home victories appearing to be so vital in a group that also contains the heavyweight duo of Clermont and Saracens.