Joey Carbery pulls strings as Munster take control

Annette Crawford
January 14, 2019

The result meant that Munster sit top of Pool 2 on 17 points with just one more round-robin game to play. It was the hosts then that got a penalty soon after the 14th minute through Billy Twelvetrees, he split the posts but in frank that was as good as it good as Munster started to exert pressure with Conor Murray coming to the fore with good box kicking targeting players tactically with the high ball.

Munster's Conway was not to be denied a try on the evening as Munster hit straight back again in a ding-dong half when Carbery slid through an exquisite left foot kick and the right wing showed phenomenal pace to get there first and dive over.

This time it was back row forward Billy Holland who provided the assist to allow Earls to dive over in the corner. Fraser Balmain scored a consolation try for Gloucester but further touchdowns from Andrew Conway (66') and Carberry (68') ensured the Irish side won the game comfortably with a 15-41 victory.

The only sour note for the visitors was an injury for captain Peter O'Mahony, with an otherwise delighted Van Graan telling BT Sport: "I'm very proud of the lads after that performance". However, they then took control, went on to get 13 points without reply in a 7 minute spell.

And nearly four minutes into dead time of the first half, Johan van Graan's men got over for their second try when they showed exceptional control through 27 phases of possession before centre Scannell burst through the line, bounced past Charlie Sharples and dodged the despairing efforts of Ed Slater and Callum Braley to touch down. It was 20-3 at the break and Munster were out of sight, or so you would have thought!

But from there it was all one-way traffic, with Carbery converting his own try, kicking another penalty and adding the extras to a Rory Scannell score before the interval.

Munster were forced into a prolonged rearguard action as Gloucester went through 35 phases before Cipriani's long floated pass found an unmarked Thorley, who continued his rich vein of form by crossing unopposed.

Some patient play saw Munster inch towards the try line before Rory Scannell shrugged off a number of tackles to touch down after 26 phrases. Carbery knocked over a terrific touchline conversion for a 27-8 scoreline with 23 minutes to go. We knew this was going to be a massive game and Gloucester started with real intent, that first penalty they went to the corner.

Conway was denied Munster's bonus point try on the hour mark after he chipped ahead to finish superbly but Farrell's offload was adjudged to be forward in the build-up.

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