The Scarlets were back to their best on Saturday night with a four try bonus point win which dented Munster's title chase. Two tries in each half secured the win, with Gareth Bowen adding three conversions and two penalties. Although Bowen had slotted an early penalty Munster were soon in the lead through a Peter Stringer touch down from close in which Ronan O' Gara converted. However the Llanelli Scarlets pack upped their game and Matthew Watkins got their opening try after half an hour to retake the lead - but it was short lived with an O'Gara's penalty putting Munster 10-8 ahead.
However the Scarlets turned 'round in front as Andrew Powell's try a minute later, followed by Bowen's conversion made it 15-10 to the home side. An Alan Quinlan try early in the second half saw the lead regained for Munster - but again it was short lived with 'Aisea Havili capitalising on some poor Munster handling to collect the third try for the Scarlets.
Bowen converted and added a penalty soon after to take the Scarlets 25-17 ahead. And as Munster threw everything into attack a wayward long pass 10 minutes from time allowed Chris Wyatt to score the bonus point clinching fourth score with Bowen again on the mark with the conversion.
Llanelli Scarlets: Garan Evans; 'Aisea Havili(1T), Matthew Watkins(1T), Salesi Finau, Tal Selley; Gareth Bowen(3C, 2PG), Mike Phillips; Phil John, Robin McBryde, John Davies; Vernon Cooper, Chris Wyatt(1T); Simon Easterby (capt), Gavin Thomas, Andy Powell(1T)
Bench: David Maddocks, Matthew Rees, Dave Duley, Jon Mills, Chris McDonald, Arwel Thomas, Barry Davies Replacements used: Mills for Easterby 72
Munster: Christian Cullen; Paul Devlin, Shaun Payne, Jason Holland, Anthony Horgan; Ronan O'Gara(2C, 1PG), Peter Stringer(1T); Marcus Horan, Jerry Flannery, John Hayes; Donncha O'Callaghan, Paul O'Connell; Alan Quinlan(1T), Denis Leamy, Anthony Foley (capt)
Bench: Gordon McIlwham, Frankie Roche, Trevor Hogan, David Wallace, Eoin Reddan, Mike Mullins, Mossie Lawlor Replacements used: Wallace for Quinlan 48, Mullins for Payne 53, Lawlor for Mullins 72
Scoring sequence: 3' Bowen (PG) 3-0, 15' Stringer (T) 3-5, O'Gara (C) 3-7, 28' Watkins (T) 8-7, 36' O'Gara (PG) 8-10, 37' Powell (T) 13-10, Bowen (C) 15-10, 48' Quinlan (T) 15-15, O'Gara (C) 15-17, 49' Havili (T) 20-17, Bowen (C) 22-17, 59' Bowen (PG) 25-17, 70' Wyatt (T) 30-17, Bowen (C) 32-17
Referee: Andrew Ireland (Scotland) Attendance: 7530