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Saturday 30 August 2014

Munster player ratings

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Published 31/03/2014 | 02:30

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6Rarely invited into the game by Leinster kicks, the full-back was solid, but not spectacular.

Keith Earls

6 Munster need to find space for him against Toulouse. Always looked dangerous when given the chance.

Casey Laulala

5 Could still be side-stepping his way across the front of the Leinster defence without breaking through. Needs to penetrate far more.

Denis Hurley

6 Hard to distinguish what he brought that James Downey wouldn't have. He rarely threatened on limited ball.

Simon Zebo

7 Munster's most dangerous attacker, he could pass more, but still bristled with intent whenever he got the ball.

Ian Keatley

7 Six from six from the tee and, apart from one kick on the full, he did well with ball in hand.

Conor Murray

5 Not at his influential best, which is unsurprising given the lack of ball Leinster afforded Munster. Will hope for more opportunities against Toulouse.

Dave Kilcoyne

6 Took a team yellow after repeat offences and could have done more to avoid it, but gave everything in the first-half scrums.

Damien Varley

5 Still struggling with a foot injury and handed the captaincy minutes before kick-off, Varley didn't have the influence he'd have wanted.

BJ Botha

6 Munster would have wanted him to dominate Bent, but, on the whole, he couldn't do better than edging the battle.

Dave Foley

6 An industrious display from the Tipp man, who got through a mountain of work without ever shining in the loose.

Paul O'Connell

6 Munster need more from their talisman next week after he failed to really influence proceedings, coming off second best against Devin Toner.

CJ Stander

6 Munster's most effective ball carrier, he couldn't compensate for the loss of Peter O'Mahony in the ruck, but took Leinster on all day.

Tommy O'Donnell

5 Started like a train, but ran out of steam before giving away the penalty that cost Munster the game.

James Coughlan

5Faded as the Leinster back-row got the upper hand. Lack of ball denied him the chance to take the game to the Blues.

Replacements

Duncan Casey (7) put himself in the frame for next week with a strong display, while Gerhard van den Heever (7) took the game to Leinster. James Cronin (6) scrummaged well, while JJ Hanrahan (6) failed to shine and didn't do O'Donnell any favours with the crossing call.

Rob Penney

5 The ease with which Leinster controlled the game will be a big concern for the New Zealander ahead of next week. Needs O'Mahony back, Donnacha Ryan would help too, but there is much to improve on.

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