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Munster’s Heineken Champions Cup hopes are all but over after they were beaten 39-22 by Racing 92 in Paris despite an impressive performance which looked at one stage like it would be rewarded with victory.
The Irish side’s forwards impressed throughout against a giant French side. JJ Hanrahan kicked 17 points with Andrew Conway scoring the only Munster try.
But it still was not enough for a win as Racing secured their place in the quarter-finals thanks to a brace from Teddy Thomas, a Virimi Vakatawa effort, and Juan Imhoff’s late strike.
Teddy Iribaren added five penalties, but it took until the final 10 minutes for Racing to seal victory and break the back of Munster’s hugely committed display.
Former Munster ace and Racing lock Donnacha Ryan was a late withdrawal from the French side’s bench due to illness and Hanrahan – passed fit despite a hamstring scare – opened the scoring.
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