Munster v Leinster: How the players rated

Munster v Leinster: How the players rated
Joey Carbery during the Guinness PRO14 Round 9 match between Munster and Leinster at Thomond Park. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Mike Haley: Haley blew one chance with poor kick execution but can’t be faulted in this game for the end result, he was under the pile of bodies trying to stop Ed Byrne from crashing over for Leinster’s only try. 7

Mike Haley of Munster is tackled by Andrew Porter of Leinster. Picture: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Mike Haley of Munster is tackled by Andrew Porter of Leinster. Picture: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Dan Goggin: Gives Munster another option in attack and was game throughout. He is being talked up by the coach regularly and you can see why even on limited supply. 7

Sammy Arnold: Offered a different sort of attacking option than the beefier Chris Farrell at 13. Didn’t step out of the limelight though. 6 

James Lowe of Leinster in action against Sammy Arnold of Munster. Picture: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
James Lowe of Leinster in action against Sammy Arnold of Munster. Picture: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Rory Scannell: Proved a huge thorn defensively in the Leinster side and in attack in the second half with his huge hoofing left boot. 7

Shane Daly: Didn’t get enough opportunities with the ball but showed great dancing feet. His best position is still at 15 where his foot speed and game reading are a huge positive for Munster. 7 

JJ Hanrahan: Kicked two great penalties but was not a key figure in the game when he should have been. 6

Nick McCarthy: Needed more leadership from JJ Hanrahan and it wasn’t forthcoming. Took on too many box-kicks in the first half when carries were required. 6.5

Dave Kilcoyne: Didn’t have his usual impact with ball carries and the weather dictated a lot of that. 6.5

Kevin O’Byrne: Another top class performance from the Munster hooker. Has to be in with a shout for a starting spot for Racing on January 12, next week will tell a lot. 7

Stephen Archer: Look at his statistics and they tell you a huge amount about where the Corkman spent his time and that was on defensive duties in the first half. The diesel engine of the Munster front row wasn’t found wanting. Keynan Knox proved an able deputy. 7

Fineen Wycherley: Didn’t match the intensity of the Leinster starting duo but they were two Test second rows with a huge amount of experience. This will be a big character builder for the West Cork man. 7

Billy Holland: Not as influential as he usually is and came up against a great adversary in lineout calling in Devin Toner. 6

Tommy O’Donnell: Put in huge defensive effort but coughed up a key turnover and loses a couple of points for that. 6

Chris Cloete: Deducted points for coughing up two crucial penalties and robbing his team of momentum at key points of the game. 6

Jack O’Donoghue. Came close to getting the man of the match, defensively in the first half and attacking in the second half. How did you overlook him Andy Farrell? 8

Jeremy Loughman, Keynan Knox, Darren O’Shea, Jack O’Sullivan, Neil Cronin, Joey Carbery all did enough to warrant selection in Belfast, a collective 7 out of 10 for the amount of time they were on the pitch, they certainly added energy.

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