Munster V Saracens Player Ratings

James Cronin: 8

The Dolphin prop did exceptionally well at scrum time during an aggressive display.

Duncan Casey: 7 

Put in his shift around the park and continues to have the best darts in the country in the lineout.

BJ Botha: 8 

The World Cup winner came in for Stephen Archer and provided a more solid platform for the scrum. Works hard around the field and is still a fan favourite.

Dave Foley: 8

It’s great to see such a fine player grow in front of our eyes. Foley’s work  rate and lineout work is now at test standard.

Paul O’Connell: 8

Paul played the leadership role and pulled the young pack together to steamroll the Londoners. Played a strong game himself but his communication and influence were key to the result.

Peter O’Mahony: 7

The captain carried dynamically and aggressively. He is making a difference on his return from injury and deserves a solid seven.

Tommy O’Donnell: 9

Speaking of solid sevens, Tommy O’Donnell is the best backrow in the country at the moment. His form is highlighting his best tackling, carrying and tucking abilities. The Bohs open side could well leapfrog Chris Henry for Ireland this November.

CJ Stander: 8
His form continues. The South African’s barnstorming runs put Munster on the front foot every time. Munster player of the season so far.

Conor Murray: 9
Munster’s world class scrum half controlled the game confidentially and his perfectly weighted box kicks allowed his back 3 to challenge over and over again through the evening.

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Ian Keatley: 8

Keatley showed some of his best game management skills with kicks into the corner earning heaps of praise from the Thomond Park faithful.

Denis Hurley: 6

Never really got involved in attack but was a star defender. Big improvement from last week in that sense.

Andrew Smith: 6

Almost identical performance to Hurley. The two are too similar players to have an attacking threat.

Simon Zebo: 8

Although most of the ball was chased and collected by Andrew Conway, Zebo was his calm, composed self in the kick and collect game.

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Andrew Conway: 9

The Dubliners best performance in the red shirt to date. His chasing was faultless as be contested for Murray’s kicks. He also made Munster’s only line break as he continues to impress in the absence of the similar Keith Earls.

Felix Jones: 7

The performances of the wingers somehow over shadow the efforts of Jones. He wasn’t too busy but had no trouble winning the aerial battles when they came his way.

-Admin Ronan

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