How the Munster players rated in their loss to Leinster

How the Munster players rated in their loss to Leinster
Leinster's Luke McGrath is tackled by Shane Daly of Munster. Picture: INPHO/Bryan Keane

Shane Daly: Looked really comfortable under the ball and on the ball. He has the ability to play in any of the back three positions and that makes him invaluable. 8 

Andrew Conway: Didn’t put a foot wrong, scored two tries and left nothing on the pitch. 9

Chris Farrell: Put in a Man of the Match performance and caused Leinster problems in the middle. Helped create the first try for his side. 9 

Damian de Allende: Looked a bit rusty and the coach will have to talk to him about cheap shot penalties. 6

Keith Earls: Stephen Larkham’s game-plan will see the winger get more ball. Put in a good performance and capped it with a try. 8

JJ Hanrahan: Showed his true quality off quick ruck ball and with finishers like Andrew Conway and Keith Earls out wide, gave Munster an edge. Missed a costly conversion. 7 

Conor Murray: Marshalled the backline well and has certainly improved from his pre-Covid displays. 7

Dave Kilcoyne: Not on long enough to be rated.

Niall Scannell: Put in a huge performance in the loose and will give the coach plenty to think about. 8 

Stephen Archer: Was up against an old warhorse Cian Healy in the front row and wasn’t found wanting. Less prominent in the loose than we are used to. 7 

RG Snyman Not on long enough to be rated. 

Billy Holland: You could see the work he had put into taking the Blues lineout apart and followed it up on the pitch. He never lets the jersey down. 8 

Peter O’Mahony: Played to his usual level and looked very energetic in his display despite taking a knock to the head. Shepherded runners brilliantly and within the laws. He epitomises the Munster spirit. 8 

Tommy O’Donnell: Will have been glad to get game time under his belt and despite being up against an international back-row. 8  

Munster's CJ Stander and Johnny Sexton of Leinster. Picture: INPHO/Bryan Keane
Munster's CJ Stander and Johnny Sexton of Leinster. Picture: INPHO/Bryan Keane

CJ Stander: Great carries and a super turnover after 25 minutes. He looks like another one to have benefitted from the break. Johnny Sexton felt the brunt of that with his first carry. 8 

Jeremy Loughman: Came on a lot earlier than he reckoned with and put in a stern performance. Is becoming a prop to be reckoned with in this Munster pack. It’s an area where there is huge competition. 8

Jean Kleyn: Made his presence felt in the first line out, did knock on early in the second half when Munster looked to be threatening. 7

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