Munster used both experience and opportunism to come away with a narrow, but valuable, 30-26 win away over the Cheetahs in the PRO14 in Bloemfontein on Sunday.
Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray has signed a contract extension with club side Munster and the Irish Rugby Football Union that will ensure he stays in Ireland until the summer of 2022.
Ireland international Conor Murray is evoking patient confidentiality to keep his mystery injury under wraps.
Joe Schmidt has named uncapped duo Ross Byrne and Tadhg Beirne in Ireland's squad for their summer tour of Australia next month.
Plenty was sorted out over an enthralling few days but who shone, who had a weekend to forget and what will fans be talking about ahead of a busy period of domestic action?
Leinster still have a domestic and European double in their sights after a 16-15 win over Munster in a pulsating Guinness PRO14 semifinal at the RDS.
Following eight months of intense competition four teams are left battling for silverware in the Aviva Premiership and PRO14, while Castres, Lyon, Toulon and Toulouse target a place in the Top 14 semifinals.
Following a sun-drenched Saturday of action we now know the make-up of the playoff picture in France and the PRO14 and Aviva Premiership semifinal lineups.
Simon Zebo created the crucial try in his last game for Munster at Thomond Park to help see off Edinburgh 20-16 and set up a Guinness PRO14 semifinal against Leinster.
The PRO14 playoffs are now confirmed and with the Aviva Premiership and French Top 14 facing a dramatic finish next weekend, there is still much to play for with playoff places up for grabs and team eager to book a place in next season's Champions Cup.
Ulster's PRO14 playoff hopes were dashed as they blew a 10-point half-time lead and a last-minute scoring opportunity in a 24-24 draw against Munster at Thomond Park.
Then there were four. Following a thrilling weekend of rugby, we now know who will contest the Champions and Challenge Cup finals.
Racing 92 scored three tries in the opening 22 minutes to stun Munster and set up a 27-22 victory that secured their place in the Champions Cup final.
Donnacha Ryan faces his former Munster teammates with Racing on Sunday but he won't let sentimentality get in the way of his side's quest for a first Champions Cup title.
Following six months of intense continental competition the protagonists have been whittled down to just four teams in both the Champions and Challenge Cups.
It is all about the playoffs as the Aviva Premiership, PRO14 and Top 14 edged even closer to the finish flag. The Champions Cup and Challenge Cup may take centre stage this week but there is still plenty at stake after the latest round of games.
Conor Murray came off the bench to score a try to keep Munster in touch at halftime and then landed a monster penalty from inside his own half to give the Irish province a 19-17 victory over Cheetahs in the PRO14 in South Africa.
It is now or never for many teams across European rugby's domestic competitions as teams battle it out for relegation and playoff positions in the Aviva Premiership, PRO14 and the French Top 14.
Munster sealed their place in the PRO14 Final Series with a 39-22 win against Southern Kings in their first visit to South Africa.
Despite a possible European Rugby Champions Cup final meeting with Munster, Leinster and Ireland backrow Sean O'Brien won't be cheering for Munster in their semifinal clash with French Top 14 giants Racing 92 in two weeks.
Following a thrilling weekend of knockout European rugby we have a much clearer idea who will lift the Champions and Challenge Cups.
Head coach Johann van Graan has ranked Munster's Champions Cup quarterfinal victory over Toulon alongside the finest of his coaching career.
Two remarkable, contrasting tries from Conor Murray and Andrew Conway ensured Munster edged to a 20-19 victory against Toulon and into the Champions Cup semifinals.
ESPN's experts predict which teams are set for a big weekend, which players will shine and where your attention should be trained across all of the quarterfinals.
- MUNST6thTRIES SCORED 1st Leinster : 13 Tries ScoredLEINS1st913
- MUNST4thPOINTS DIFFERENCE 1st Leinster : 55 Points DifferenceLEINS1st3955