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French vintage is too potent; TOULOUSE 60 MUNSTER 19.

The last act of this European championship qualifying game in Toulouse yesterday was a try for Munster.

Fittingly, the honour fell to Bristol flanker David Corkery who was, in the circumstances, probably the best forward on the pitch.

But even though Killian Keane converted to save Munster's blushes it was merely scant consolation for the Irish.

In an astounding second half, Toulouse set the scene for a memorable victory.

Hammered by Wasps last week, they bounced back to qualify for the quarter- finals.

They had a dream start, but Munster hung in grimly in the opening half before capitulating in the second period.

Every Munster mistake was punished and Toulouse ran in for nine tries.

Christian Califano and Michele Marfaing scored first-half tries for Toulouse and Christian Deylaud added two conversions and a penalty against Keane's four penalties.

Munster's first second half assault was turned over and Marfaing ran out of defence for a try. Deylaud converted.

Worse followed as David Berty and Califano struck four tries. Deylaud converted.

And in the last 12 minutes, Toulouse ran riot. Emile N'Tamack and Stephane Ougier raced in before Mairfang and N'Tamack struck again for tries, both of which were converted by Deylaud.

Corkery's late strike was scant consolation for Munster. was simply scant consolation.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Nov 3, 1996
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