Munster V Edinburgh Player Ratings
Written by Ronan Calvert of Munster Haka
Dave Kilcoyne: 7
Under scrutiny for his performance against the best tighthead in the world for me, WP Nel, but his defence was ridiculous throughout.
Niall Scannell: 6.5
Hot headed and somewhat sloppy but we appreciated his set piece when Sherry came on.
Stephen Archer: 6.5
Not bad. Made 8/8 tackles and a couple of strong carries but scrummaging was only average.
Dave Foley: 7
Came out of the blocks with fire in his eyes, reminding us of his form whilst sided by Paulie but he eventually but ran out of steam.
Billy Holland: 7.5
Kept the engine motoring along and was as unselfish as Christ himself. 8/8 tackles and 22 metres made from 4 carries.
Dave O’Callaghan: 7
Another workhorse in the pack. O’Callaghan was outshone by his fellow backrowers but is a great option when O’Mahony is sidelined.
Tommy O’Donnell: 8.5
We’re giving Tommy man of the match this week in appreciation of how superhuman he is off the ball. His clear out work is completely unrewarding when it comes to print time but vital in Munster’s success. 12/12 tackles and two turnovers.
CJ Stander: 8.5
Bounced off 4 defenders in true beast mode and topped the running charts with 73 yards gained from his ventures. Played a more all rounded game today, noticeably covering the backfield just like Parisse but didn’t he just relish the opportunity to rev up some speed in space!?
Conor Murray: 7.5
Instrumental throughout in one of his better games this season.
Johnny Holland: 8
Beginning to love this chap. Holland caused a threat with every touch of the ball and illustrated striking intelligence on a handful of occasions. Goal kicking-wise it will be interesting to see how he performers next week as after not missing a single kick up until his third kick of the game he then struck off target twice in succession. When everything is hunky dory life is great, reaction is what counts, just ask Keatley. Difference is, his all-round game was never effected, always marvellous.
Keith Earls: 7
Space never seemed to be created on the left side but Earlsy did unbelievably well again and again to create it. Not the most influential player on the pitch but with moments like his turnover in the build up to Scannell’s try he should be pleased with himself.
Rory Scannell: 8
If Wes Hoolahan is Eamonn Dunphy’s little maestro love-child then Rory Scannell is ours. The Corkman despite standing at 5’11 has the balls to continuously take the ball right on the gain line looking to evade or drive through defenders when not opening up the outside backs. 28 metres gained from 7 runs.
Francis Saili: 6.5
Uh oh, Saili was a bit of a liability again. Missed one of his seven tackles and conceded two needless penalties. Credit where credit’s due he was dangerous with ball in hand but he’s better than this. One of a few players who needs a rejuvenation from the arrival of Erasmus.
Andrew Conway: 8.5
His best game of the season and maybe any one player’s best half of the season. The ex-Leinster flyer assisted two tries and scored one of his own within 40 minutes. In his 9 runs he made 48 metres and made two clean breaks.
Simon Zebo: 7.5
Scored a fantastic try and made chances out of half chances all night but his missed tackle for Edinburgh’s try and his kick out on the full in the second half frustrated.
Sherry: 5, Cronin: 7, Ryan: 7, Copeland: 6, O’Donoghue: 7.5, Williams: N/A, Keatley: N/A, O’Mahony: N/A