MUNSTER’S latest winning streak came to an end at the weekend away to Glasgow, as they fell to a narrow defeat.
Munster lost out to Glasgow in a low-scoring game played in horrible weather in the URC on Friday night.
The wind in the stadium had no direction – gusting in twirls more than anything as the hosts held on for a 13-11 win.
Glasgow led heading into half-time 10-3 following Scott Cummings block down try. Ben Healy and Duncan Weir traded kicks all night until lock Jean Kleyn went over the line with ten minutes to go reducing the margin to two.
However, substitute Jack Crowley saw the wind catch his conversion kick leaving the score at 13-11.
Take a look at the Munster player ratings from a disappointing night in Glasgow below:
- Jeremy Loughman – 6
Scrummed very well against an impressive Glasgow outfit. Carried aggressively but had a few too many mistakes.
2. Diarmuid Barron – 6.5
An impressive defensive performance from Barron with 13 tackles. Dealt well with the weather at line-out time.
3. Steven Archer – 6
The front row had a difficult day against the physicality of the Scottish side. Archer came in and out of the game, but carried hard.
4. Jean Kleyn – 7.5
Took his try well and was a leader on the pitch. Kleyn worked hard all day and was involved in a lot of important passages of play.
5. Fineen Wycherly – 7
Came into the game really well. Was able to keep up with the physicality of the game throughout. Tackled superbly.
6. Jack O’Donoghue ( Captain ) – 8.5
Led from the front all evening. O’Donoghue was Munster’s best player. His work rate was immense from start to finish. Game management was also very impressive for such a young captain.
7. Chris Cloete – 7
Very impressive performance for the time he was on. Emptied the tank early with a very high work rate. An impressive 13 tackles and a turnover gave Glasgow something to think about when attacking against him.
8. Gavin Coombes – 7
Has been a real rock for Munster so far this season. Impresses through his consistency and this was clear to see against Glasgow. Carried very prominently throughout the game.
9. Neil Cronin – 7.5
Played the conditions very well. Delivered fast ball to the forwards throughout the game throwing very few astray. Decision making was poor sometimes.
10. Ben Healy – 7.5
Played his regular game despite the conditions. Game management was excellent holding the ball tight until it needed to go wide. Place kicks were very good given the uncertainty of the wind.
11. Simon Zebo – 6
Quiet day for Zebo on the wing. The ball rarely got out to the wing but when on the ball, accelerated well and always did something with it.
12. Rory Scannell – 7
A normal day for Scannell these days making a couple of line breaks through the center. Work rate was very good from start to finish.
13. Chris Farrell – 8
A powerhouse through the middle. Munster looked to him when they let the backs play and he delivered almost every time. Farrell finished with 11 caries and was a real go to for the team as he impressed every time he touched the ball.
14. Shane Daly – 6.5
It wasn’t a day for the wingers but when on the ball Daly didn’t put a foot wrong. Gained 38 meters in the game setting off on a trademark run down the wing at one stage but was caught by the hard working Glasgow defense.
15. Mike Haley – 7
Always there when needed Haley was there to shut down Glasgow’s kicking game throughout the match. Carried well when asked to.
Josh Wycherley – 7
Played well when he got on. Worked very hard and carried well. Did well to gather the Glasgow overthrow near the end and set off on a Munster attack.
John Hodnett – 6
Most notable moment of his game was a superb steal. Didn’t get a chance to find his feet in the game. Work rate was there.
Other replacements: Jack Crowley, Paddy Patterson, Alex Kendellen, John Ryan and Kevin O’Byrne all didn’t play enough time to fairly rate their game.
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