Munster head coach Johann van Graan insisted he was just happy to come away with a win against champions Saracens in their hard-fought Champions Cup Pool 4 fixture at Thomond Park.

Taking on a dramatically under-strength Saracens - shorn of Owen Farrell, the Vunipola brothers, Elliot Daly and Jamie George - Munster eked out a 10-3 win in a suffocating and error-heavy match played in terrible conditions

There wasn't a single score registered in the second half, as conditions worsened and handling errors increased. 

Speaking afterwards to RTÉ Sport, Van Graan said he felt Munster left a couple of chances behind them in the first half but praised his team for adapting well to the awkward conditions after the break. 

"I think we left one or two chances out there in the first half. We knew that once they decided to play against the wind in the first half that the second half was going to be a real battle.

"In that second half, we had to be so disciplined in the way we exited. Because that wind was terrible. It was so wet out there. At some stages, it suited not to have the ball which both teams saw. 

"I thought we created quite a few chances in the first half. Then unfortunately, the weather changes and you have to adapt. I thought we did that pretty well. Our lineout contesting was excellent, we stopped their maul well. 

"They've got some pretty good players. Brad Barritt and Will Skelton kept coming at us in the gain line. It takes numbers to stop them and I think we did it very well."

Afterwards Van Graan, asked if he was disappointed that Saracens had managed to take a losing bonus point from the game, said: "We will take a win against Saracens any day of the week. Right from the start we knew this pool was going to be tight.

"From our point of view we are still unbeaten in the group. An away win with a bonus point over the Ospreys, a home win against Saracens and a draw against Racing, so it is going to go right down to the wire.

"The only thing we can control is next week against Saracens again in London. I am very glad about the win, very tough conditions in that last 50 minutes of the game."

Arno is one the nicest men that you'll meet

Munster lost replacement back rower Arno Botha to a late red card for leading with a forearm into Saracens' Nick Tompkins.

"Arno (Botha) carried pretty well there. He made contact with the head and it left Romain with no choice. It happens in a split second. Arno is one the nicest men that you'll meet. That's just the game.

"Luckily, we stole that lineout at the end and kicked the ball out."