Paul Warwick came back to haunt his former team Connacht as he drove Munster to a deserved 25-10 Magners League triumph at Thomond Park.
Stepping effortlessly from full-back against the Ospreys into the number 10 role against Connacht, Warwick was central to a 20-point burst from Munster in 11 first-half minutes during which they put their Irish rivals to the sword.
Tries from man of the match Barry Murphy and Doug Howlett set the home side on the way to their ninth straight win and although they failed to pick up the bonus point, they are now 11 points clear at the top and within touching distance of the title.
Fionn Carr grabbed a Connacht try after the break although Freddie Pucciariello replied for Munster.
After missing out on England's 2015 RBS 6 Nations campaign through injury, centre Brad Barritt admits he is determined to make up for that disappointment in style with club side Saracens during the season run-in.