The Thomond Park crowd lapped up Simon Zebo’s two-try return to competitive action with Munster on Saturday night.
Other big positives for Johann van Graan’s men from the 42-17 bonus point win over Cell C Sharks were Craig Casey’s player-of-the-match performance and a first appearance for RG Snyman since his ACL injury back in August 2020.
Munster captain Peter O’Mahony commented: “The atmosphere is something we have longed for. We had a long time with no one here, it is a sad old place without fans in the stadium.
“The age group in our squad has evolved, the young players drive things. They provide the hunger. It comes from the younger age group.
“The Academy boys are very special too. We have got off to a good start with tonight’s win. Everyone is happy but there is a long way to go.”