Munster v Racing 92: Player ratings

Munster v Racing 92: Player ratings
Munster's Billy Holland wins a line out in Paris. Picture: INPHO/Billy Stickland

Mike Haley: Absolute howler of a kick straight to touch when Munster had a four-on-two advantage out wide. Had to do a lot of backpedalling in the second half. 6

Andrew Conway: Huge intercept try by the winger saw Munster go in leading at the interval, but didn’t get a lot of other opportunities to show his attacking skills. 7

Chris Farrell: Had another big game in the centre of the pitch for Munster and was instrumental in ensuring that Racing played between the two 15s. 7

Rory Scannell: Munster had to use his big boot a couple of times coming up to half time as the pressure mounted on the visitors. 7

Keith Earls: Was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet after a huge break midway through the second half. Will not have been happy that Teddy Thomas scoring twice on his side, albeit from two pieces of great skill. 6

Conor Murray: Was solid throughout, without setting the world alight. Didn’t get a lot of room to manoeuvre with a tight French defence. 7

Dave Kilcoyne: Had a massive game in the loose and the tight. Carried with great intent in the opening 15 minutes of each half before being replaced. 8

Niall Scannell: Only one poor lineout throw in the second half in an otherwise big performance from the older of the Scannell brothers. Was very prominent in the loose, and Ireland coach Andy Farrell will have taken note of how he battled against French hooker Camille Chat. 8

Stephen Archer: One of the unsung heroes of this team. A lot of his defensive work goes unnoticed, but he really was Munster’s first line of defence yesterday and put the Racing scrum under pressure on his side. 7

Gave away a penalty that sucked the diesel out of Munster’s first-quarter dominance and allowed Racing to get on the scoreboard. Succeeded in makingsome good carries, however.

Billy Holland: Can’t be faulted for the effort he put in. Read the Racing lineout well resulting in a pair of steals for Munster. 7

Peter O’Mahony: Put his body on the line as he always does. Will be left to rue that decision in the 60th minute when going for the posts instead of taking a scrum near the Racing tryline. Can’t be faulted for the loss. 8

Jack O’Donoghue: Put in another fine display in Europe. He is growing in his leadership role in the team and will have learned from this tough lesson. 7

CJ Stander: Tried to carry as much as possible, but ran into a Racing brick wall more often than not. 7

John Ryan: Added to the momentum up front when he came, on as did Jeremy Loughman on the other side of the scrum. 7

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