Munster avenged last season’s quarter-final to Llanelli Scarlets and effectively knocked the Welsh region out of the tournament.

It was last chance saloon for Phil Davies’ men after two heavy defeats to Clermont Auvergne and London Wasps.

But last season’s semi-finalists came up short 29-19 in horrendous conditions as the 2006 Heineken Cup winners Munster battled on to hit top spot in the pool of death.

Ronan O’Gara’s excellent kicking display in West Wales will be required again at Thomond Park as the Red Army look to put one step closer to qualification. 

The Scarlets welcome back Stephen Jones for their trip to Munster in the Heineken Cup. 

Wales and Scarlets fly-half Jones missed last weekend’s defeat at Stradey Park due to a neck injury but is fit to line up in Ireland on Sunday. 

Phil Davies’ men hopes of qualification are slim and Jones is one of six changes with two in the pack and four in the forwards. 

Jonathan Davies comes in to replace Gavin Evans at inside centre. while prop Ben Broster gets his first start in the Heineken Cup for Deacon Manu, Vernon Cooper replaces Scott MacLeod and James Bater and Alix Popham take over for Gavin 
Thomas and Dafydd Jones in the back row. 

And Davies wants his side to go it one final effort at Thomond Park.  Davies said: “We are still in the competition but we’re not going to lie down and make it easy for anyone.
“It’s a great challenge to play back-to-back games against such a great team as Munster. Hopefully we can get a performance.”