Edinburgh end Munster jinx in style
Scotland's scrum half Greig Laidlaw kicks a penalty on February 2, 2013
Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw was the driving force, kicking 19 points including converting the two Edinburgh tries as they made an impressive start to their campaign.
Munster, who also lost their opening pool match last term, took the consolation of a defensive bonus point.
In a pool that also contains Perpignan and Gloucester, Edinburgh can have realistic hopes of reaching the last eight like they did two years ago.
Later on Saturday Wales' one-time semi-finalists Scarlets recorded their first win in their last six trips to England with a thrilling 33-26 victory over Harlequins.
Edinburgh burst out of the blocks against Munster, opening up a 10-0 lead after just 12 minutes.
A fine try by Matt Scott, which was converted by Laidlaw, and then a penalty from the kicker had the Irishmen rattled.
However, the European heavyweights hit back to level at 10-10 in the 20th minute as Kiwi centre Casey Laulala scored, and was converted by Ian Keatley, who had got them off the mark with a penalty.
Munster conceded a penalty immediately after equalising, which Laidlaw gratefully accepted to give the hosts a 13-10 lead, only for Munster to reply with another try through Mike Sherry, who picked up from a metre out and hurled himself across the line -- Keatley converted for 17-13.
However, more ill discipline by Munster saw Laidlaw knock over another two penalties to give the hosts the lead once again at 19-17.
Keatley slotted over a penalty from wide out on the left in the 53rd minute to give the visitors a one point lead, 20-19 and the 26-year-old added another just over 10 minutes later.
However, the hosts went back in front with a fine try by Scotland's Dutch-born wing Tim Visser, whose electric pace proved too much for the two Munster covering defenders.
Laidlaw continued his faultless day as he converted for 26-23 he made it seven kicks from seven attempts with just over four minutes remaining to wrap up victory.
Scarlets enjoyed a terrific first-half at Twickenham Stoop rounded off in brilliant fashion by an individual try by Scott Williams, who took the ball inside his own half, broke two tackles, dummied Danny Care and touched down.
Rhys Priestland, who had created the first try, converted to send the Welsh side in leading 20-10 at half-time.
Nick Evans reduced the deficit with a drop goal four minutes into the second-half just after Scarlets Samson Lee was sin-binned.
However, Priestland landed two penalties during the 10 minute absence of Lee to give the visitors a 26-13 advantage only for Evans to score two of his own.
The Scarlets' more enterprising play was deservedly rewarded with another sparkling try in the 63rd minute.
Scott Williams turned the ball over, and when it was fed out to Jordan Williams 30 metres out the winger darted down the left touchline, breaking two tackles and then cut inside breaking another to touch down. Priestland, faultless throughout the game, converted for 33-19.
However, Harlequins got right back into it with just over 11 minutes remaining as England fullback Mike Brown scored his second try of the game -- Evans converted for 33-26.
Munster's fellow Irish provinces Ulster and Connacht had enjoyed mixed fortunes on Friday.
Ulster recorded a splendid 22-16 victory over English giants and two-time European champions Leicester in Pool 5 while Connacht, traditionally the weakest of the four provinces, went down to a 23-17 defeat at home to English side Saracens in Pool 3.
France's four-time winners Toulouse top that pool after predictably whopping Italian outfit Zebre 38-5. pi/lp