Pro12: Connacht 24-16 Munster
|Connacht (7) 24|
|Tries: Marmion, Ronaldson, Muldowney Cons: Ronaldson, D Leader 2 Pens: Nikora|
|Munster (16) 16|
|Tries: P O'Mahony Cons: Keatley Pens: Keatley 3|
Connacht claimed the prized scalp of provincial rivals Munster by fighting back from 13 points down to clinch a memorable New Year's Day win in Galway.
It was their first win over Munster since December 2008 and extends their unbeaten home record to eight games.
Peter O'Mahony's 10th-minute try and 11 points from the boot had Munster 16-7 up at the interval.
Kieran Marmion's first-half try for Connacht was added to after the break by Craig Ronaldson and Aly Muldowney.
Connacht are up to fifth in the Pro12 table while third-placed Munster are three points behind the leaders Ospreys.
Ian Keatley, the former Connacht fly-half, used his knowledge of the famed Sportsground wind to help Munster to a 13-0 lead by the quarter-hour mark.
He converted after O'Mahony had powered over for his try and kicked two penalties in difficult conditions.
Then, a superbly engineered try by Marmion - started and converted by Ronaldson - got Connacht back in touch.
Keatley's third successful penalty made it 16-7 to the visitors at half-time, only for wind-backed Connacht to respond with 17 unanswered points in the third quarter.
Well-worked tries from fly-half Ronaldson and lock Muldowney were both converted by Darragh Leader, with Ronaldson's replacement Miah Nikora landing a 55th-minute penalty.
Although they threw everything at Connacht in a gripping climax, Munster endured a scoreless second half thanks to some defiant, disciplined defending by the hosts.
Connacht: Muliaina, D Leader, Henshaw, Aki, Poolman, Ronaldson, Marmion, Buckley, McCartney, Ah You, Roux, Muldowney, Muldoon, Faloon, E McKeon.
Replacements: Nikora for Ronaldson (45), Bealham for Ah You (51), Naoupu for E McKeon (57), McSharry for Nikora (61).
Not used: Heffernan, J Cooney, Dillane, J Cooney.
Munster: Zebo, Conway, Howard, Hanrahan, R O'Mahony, Keatley, Williams, J Ryan, Casey, Botha, B Holland, O'Connell, P O'Mahony, O'Donnell, Stander.
Replacements: Dineen for Conway (65), Archer for J Ryan (73), O'Byrne for Casey (40), D O'Callaghan for B Holland (69), Guinazu for O'Byrne (57).
Not used: N. Cronin, O'Byrne, R Scannell.
Ref: David Wilkinson (Ireland).