Munster overcame a first half deficit to defeat Zebre after an unconvincing display in Thomond Park this evening. 

The hosts had to wait until the final 15 minutes to claim the lead for the first time and a late scoring burst carried them clear of the Italian visitors, with tries from Darren Sweetnam, Niall Scannell and Mike Haley giving the scoreboard a healthier look by the end. 

Zebre shot into a 12-0 lead inside the opening 20 minutes with tries from Jamie Elliott and Roberto Tenga.

They maintained this advantage until the dying moments of the half when Jeremy Loughman went over for the hosts, leaving the score at 5-12 at the break.   

Munster didn't exactly overawe their opponents in the third quarter though a converted try from Rhys Marshall did at least level the scores on 54 minutes. 

Three minutes later, Chris Cloete was sin-binned and the home crowd contemplated a very tricky finale.

However, Sweetnam's 65th minutes score broke the resolve of the visitors and Munster put a tiny bit of gloss on the scoreboard with a closing spurt.