A Simon Zebo first half hat-trick of tries fired Munster to a 31-5 bonus point win over Zebre in their GUINNESS PRO12 clash at Thomond Park.
Munster ran in five tries in all, with Australian Andrew Smith and replacement David Kilcoyne also crossing the whitewash in the second half, as new head coach Anthony Foley recorded his first home win.
The province, who had lost an unprecedented three successive home games in the PRO12 prior to kick-off, laid the foundation for this crucial victory in the opening half with winger and man-of-the-match Simon Zebo scoring his three tries inside the opening 35 minutes.
Zebo celebrates with Murray & Copeland
Couple of big games ahead for Munster with a home game against the Ospreys and an away tie with Leinster to come over the next two weekends. However, this five-try triumph should provide a boost in confidence ahead of those heavyweight encounters.