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Munster brush aside Gloucester easily in Champions Cup

14 January 2019

Munster piled on the pressure after a string of phases, with Conor Murray eventually finding his half-back partner Carbery for the first try of the evening at the posts.

Munster came attacking in the second half but it was the Cherry and Whites, who got the points after Danny Cipriani offloaded to Ollie Thorley, who dived past the corner for their first try in the game that was not converted.

Munster have taken firm control of Pool 2 after they secured a dominant 41-15 bonus-point win over Gloucester at Kingsholm tonight.

Gloucester made the ideal start when former Munster forward Gerbrandt Grobler claimed the kick-off with the hosts then winning a penalty and kicking to the corner.

Billy Holland's cute offload in the corner saw Keith Earls touch down for a try to make it 8-27, with Carbery nailing a stunning conversion from right on the touchline, before Conway had a try disallowed after Chris Farrell's offload was deemed to be forward.

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The result considerably strengthens Munster's hand at the top of the pool, moving them onto 17 points ahead of their sold-out round 6 clash with Exeter Chiefs next Saturday (kick-off 5.30pm). It was 20-3 at the break and Munster were out of sight, or so you would have thought! However, things got worse before they got better for Gloucester.

Keith Earls and Andrew Conway also touched down for tries.

Another scrum penalty was awarded to the visitors near halfway in the 22nd minute, and two minutes later Munster were over for the first try of the day through playmaker Carbery.

Giving his reaction afterwards, Munster boss van Graan said: "We're very happy with the win and the bonus point". The Premiership outfit kept their hopes alive with tighthead Balmain's try from close range via a rolling maul, and Twelvetrees' conversion restored the 12-point deficit.

"He has clearly added that to his game - if he can remain as consistent as that - he is one of our most gifted and talented players around the field and that play alone, on the right hand side of a ruck where he caught the ball and he manged a quick shuffle of the feet and what he did was he read the defence right in front of him, changed his mind at the last minute and put in a left foot grubber kick - it was just incredibly smart play". We'll take this bonus point win away from home. Exeter is a good side and Munster. Two other moments in the game for me - the try just before half-time that we scored. It's only Friday night now, which means two extra rest days, we'll reassess on Monday and we start again at zero.

Munster brush aside Gloucester easily in Champions Cup