Tuesday 24 April 2018

Munster ratings

Ruadhri O'Connor

Felix jones

Solid defensively as ever, but couldn't impose himself on the attacking side of the game as Toulon rarely kicked to him.

Keith Earls

A day to forget started positively when he scorched through the Toulon defence, but a series of second-half errors including a terrible yellow card marred his performance.

Casey Laulala

Summed up his Munster stint. Tackled hard, but erratic with ball in hand. The All Black almost cut loose once or twice, but played in wrong areas and his knock on with nine to go was fatal.

James Downey

Incredible defensive effort where he twice managed to halt Bryan Habana as he threatened to cut loose and stopped Danie Rossouw with a shuddering hit that helped turn the game.

Simon Zebo

The shining light behind the scrum, joint top-carrier and defender for his team. Whether he grounded his try was unclear, but his strength in contact was impressive.

Ian Keatley

Kicked well from placed balls, making four from five and probed well under pressure. However, kicking from hand let him down at crucial moments.

Conor Murray

His awareness created Zebo's try, while his physical presence was a help against the waves of Toulon attack. He just couldn't work a break, however.

Dave Kilcoyne

Got on the wrong side of referee Wayne Barnes early on, but impressively turned the tide on Carl Hayman and carried brilliantly after half-time.

Damien Varley

Made a huge early steal and his line-out throwing went well all day. This captain led from the front, but his decision to go for touch with nine minutes to go was questionable.

BJ Botha

There were a lot of scrums for the tighthead to handle and he coped well with Xavier Chiocci all day. Went the distance.

Dave Foley

The stock of this 25-year-old continues to rise as he brought a real edge to proceedings and showed strength against the huge Toulon carriers with a number of choke tackles.

Paul O'Connell

Ran his line-out well, but will have wanted to put more of a stamp on proceedings in open play. Popped up on the wing when he was needed inside.

CJ Stander

A mixed bag for the South African whose rip on 50 minutes turned the game, but his lack of patience at the back of the pivotal 71st-minute maul cost his team, as did a knock on that led to a Wilkinson penalty.

Sean Dougall

Rose to the occasion with a committed 50 minutes of smashing ruck after ruck. Had a straightforward job to do and he limited Steffon Armitage's influence.

James Coughlan

Will regret dropping the first-half kick-off, but otherwise the No 8 gave a massive display with ball in hand and his block down of Wilkinson's drop-goal attempt was incredible.


Tommy O'Donnell (7) carried hard when introduced, but JJ Hanrahan (6) looked rusty and kicked an important effort out on the full. Toulon's bench had a greater impact, with Denis Hurley (5) getting himself in bother and James Cronin (6) and Duncan Casey (6) failing to have the impact of the men they replaced.

Rob Penney

The coach lamented his team's mistakes and, while he backed the decision to go to touch as the game entered its last 10 minutes, he may regret it when he watches the tape back.

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