Player ratings: Munster v Leicester

We rate the Munster team as they trashed Leicester 38-0

Player ratings: Munster v Leicester

Munster's CJ Stander and Brendon O’Connor of Leicester Tigers Image: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

We rate the Munster team tonight as they secured a bonus point win over Leicester at Thomond Park:

 

Simon Zebo - 8

Looked dangerous with ball in hand throughout and took his try well. Provided an excellent cover tackle in the seconf half when Leicester looked like they might get a consulation score.

Munster's Simon Zebo scores their first try
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Darren Sweetnam - 8

Won the aeriel battle against his opposite number comfortably and made an excellent break and offload to set up Taute for the team's third try. 

 

Jaco Taute - 9

Powerful display from the big South African. Scored two well taken tries and could have had a third but was taken out early and a penalty try was awarded. Put in numerous big hits around the park.

Munster's Jaco Taute scores their second try of the game
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Rory Scannell - 7

Did little wrong but was in the shadow of his centre partner all game. Played his part in a solid team defensive display.

 

Keith Earls - 7

Had a quiet game but looked for work whenever he could. Had the odd line break but the ball didn't seem to go out to him as often as it went out the other wing. 

 

Tyler Bleyendaal - 8

Proving to be a fine signing for the province and produced another controlled display. Kicked well off the tee and directed Munster around the field effortlessly.

 

Munster's Tyler Bleyendaal kicks the conversion of a penalty try
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Conor Murray - 8 

Another controlled display from the form scrum-half in Europe at the moment. Box-kicked superbly and kept the Leicester defence honest.

 

Dave Kilcoyne - 7

Industrious display from the loosehead and emptied the tank before before being taken off an hour in.

 

Niall Scannell - 7

An assured display. Made a big tackle on Mulipola to halt a Leicester attack and played his part in a dominant pack.

 

John Ryan - 7

Added to the defensive effort and forced a turnover chasing one of Murray's kicks. Set up the second try with a pick-and-go to provide the platform for Taute to touch down.

 

Donnacha Ryan - 7

Ran the line-out effortlessly although gave away a openalty for a tackle in the air. Mauled Leicester to death.

 

Munster's Donnacha Ryan after the game
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Billy Holland - 7

Like his second-row partner, mauled efficiently throughout and made his presence felt around the park.

 

Peter O'Mahony (captain) - 8

Slowly getting back to full-fitness and led from the front today. Won a pivotal turnover on the half hour mark as Leicester tried to get back into the game. 

 

Tommy O'Donnell - 7

A menace in open field and kept up a solid workrate until he was substituted around the hour mark.

 

CJ Stander - 9

The stand out forward in a dominant pack. Made an excellent break early on and continued to cause problems throughout. Drove the team on at every opportunity. 

Munster's CJ Stander and Brendon O’Connor of Leicester Tigers
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Bench - 8

Those that came on filled in and steppedf uop to the mark whne called upon to keep Leicester scoreless.