Emerged with credit from a great battle with fellow South African BJ Botha while also retaining plenty of energy for a lively performance in the loose.
I wouldn't want to heap too much pressure on Loughney (pictured below), but he is that priceless commodity of an Irish-qualified tight-head who starts regularly for his province and is in form.
Paul Marshall is seen as the scrum-half in waiting, but Murphy reminded us of his quality with assured direction and exquisite delivery.
His opposite number Felix Jones is probably ahead in Declan Kidney's pecking order, but Duffy is second only to Rob Kearney in full-back play this season.
After a torrid time in Twickenham, O'Leary bounced back strongly here with a decent passing display and a superb break to set up Munster's second try.