Munster head coach Johann Van Graan expressed his pride in his team after they claimed a hugely impressive 26-point Heineken Champions Cup victory away to Gloucester.

In a thrilling display, Van Graan’s men ran out 41-15 winners at Kingsholm Stadium and took a giant step towards the Champions Cup quarter-finals while sending the hosts out of European competition.

Fly-half Joey Carbery was the star of the show with a 26-point haul that included two tries, with Rory Scannell, Keith Earls and Andrew Conway were also among the tries.

The two-time champions, who claimed a five-point maximum from their victory, will be guaranteed a place in the last eight if they beat current Premiership leaders Exeter at Thomond Park next Saturday.

For now however, Van Graan is happy to bask in a job well done.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, the Munster boss said: "I’m incredibly proud to be the coach of a team who can put in an away performance like that.

"I thought they were clinical, yes there were small things to work on but to get away first with a win here and that a bonus point was pretty important, I’m really happy about that."

Van Graan pointed to two decisive moments in the game as being decisive. The first came just before half-time when Munster went through numerous phases of patient build-up play before Scannell crossed the whitewash to give his side a 17 point lead at the break.

The second came quickly after the restart when Munster were forced into a prolonged rearguard action as Gloucester went through 35 phases before Danny Cipriani's long floated pass found an unmarked Ollie Thorley who crossed over to give Gloucester some momentary hope.

The Munster coach explained: "I think there was two big moments in this game for me. Firstly that try just before half-time, we worked so hard on our patience over the last three weeks and it really paid off. That was a crucial try in the complexity of the game.

"And then even though we conceded a try off defending for 35 phases, I thought we go stronger after that and that gave us a lot of belief.

"I think Joey and Connor [Murray] managed the game pretty well and every time they scored, we responded with a score ourselves and I’m very happy with the win.

"There’s a certain window in a game of rugby that you’ve got to attack and I thought we attacked it quite well today.

"We were under tremendous pressure from the start of the game, they went to the corner straight away and we kept them out, that was a big turning point.

"The works not done, we’ll take the win and enjoy it tonight, you’ve got to enjoy every single game in rugby and it’s only Friday night now so the weekend comes at a good time for us. We’ll travel back and start again on zero on Monday.

"We’ve got a massive game again next weekend against Exeter, a team I respect a lot, possibly with some of the best attacking in world rugby and it will be a massive challenge."