Munster sit proudly on top of pool 2 in the Heineken Champions Cup t after a 36-22 win over Gloucester at Limerick’s Thomond Park on Saturday afternoon.
Johann Van Graan’s charges will be disappointed the way the game ended for them having conceded three second half tries. However, they had the points wrapped up and the English Premiership side left Thomond with nothing. Danny Cipriani will be in the headlines once again after he capped off a bad week personally after he received a red card for a high tackle, Cipriani’s right shoulder came into contact with the head of Munster player Rory Scannell which left the French referee no option but to send him off. It has been a terrible week for Cipriani who was snubbed by Eddie Jones on Thursday when he announced his squad for the upcoming Autumn series internationals with England.
Mike Haley ran in a try on 20 minutes for the Red Army, before a try from Rhys Marshall his 4th in 5 games on 34 minutes gave Munster a commanding 15-3 lead at the break. Tom Savage was sin binned also after he the referee deemed his shoulder charge on Dan Goggin a yellow card. It was also Munster in the opening half and the second half saw Joey Carbery wreck havoc, he was exemplary from the boots from penalties and conversion and he added his first European try for the province in the second half on 55 minutes. Sammy Arnold would also go on to score a five pointer, before Carbery turned provider with a slick pass to Conway who ran under the posts. However, Munster were very undisciplined in the second half, they had two players given sin bins for poor tackles. The afore mentioned Arnold and Stephen Archer both seen yellow. This is when Gloucester got going and they ran in three tries but it was to little to late for the Gallagher Premiership side, former Munster lock Gerbrandt Groebler, Jason Woodward and Ben Morgan who was Gloucester’s best player on the day in my opinion all went over the whitewash.
However, it was Munster who claimed the spoils on this occasion as they sit on top of the Pool 2 standings. The next Heineken Cup Round will be in December where they will be looking to build on their two wins to date