MUNSTER reached the last eight of the Heineken Cup today with a 29 to 6 win over Racing Metro. The game was thrown wide open in the 5th minute as Racing Metro’s Antoine Batut was sent off for a knee to the head of Tommy O’Donnell. Tries from Murray (24), Zebo (28,47 and 55) and Mike Sherry (35) ensured Munster made it into the quarter finals of the tournament where a potential away trip to Harlequins awaits.
“I could not be hard on my player as I did not know what he had done wrong. There were several punches thrown later on, which the touch judge saw, but nothing was done about it” – Gonzalo Quesada, Racing Metro coach, on Batut’s sending off.
“Even with the context and score of the game it is a nice experience for the lads to have played in Thomond Park. It was a nice souvenir for them” Gonzalo Quesada continued.
“The boys delivered a pretty compelling performance in the end” – Rob Penney Munster coach.
“We made a couple of little errors early on, but when we got into our rhythm, we did well” the New Zealand native continued.
Munster: Jones, Howlett, Earls, Downey, Zebo, Keatley, Murray, Kilcoyne, Sherry, Botha, O’Callaghan, Donnacha Ryan, O’Mahony, O’Donnell, Coughlan.
Subs: Varley, Du Preez, John Ryan, Holland, Butler, Williams, Hanrahan, Laulala.
Racing Metro: Germain, Jane, Bousses, Dumoulin, Bobo, Barkley, Belie, Brugnaut, Noirot, Sa, Ghezal, Batut, Le Roux, Cronje.
Subs: Bianchin, Lo Cicero, Orlandi, Nailiko, Fall, Dellape, Descons, Matadigo.