Munster bow out of the Champions Cup at the semi-final stage
Saracens overpowered Munster at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday 26-10 to advance to the Champions Cup final in Edinburgh.
We rate Rassie Erasmus's side:
Simon Zebo - 7
Solid under the high ball and plucked one out of the air under huge pressure on the 26th minute mark. Quiet second half as Munster struggled for possession.
Simon Zebo at the final whistle. Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie
Andrew Conway - 7
Chased Williams' box kicks all day long and went low on the Vunipolas when necessary in the first half. Like Zebo, didn't get much second half ball.
Jaco Taute - 6
Carried powerfully but often met two tacklers every time he tried to get over the gain line. Replaced by Saili in the second half.
Rory Scannell - 6
Quiet throughout but did little wrong. Struggled to make an impact against the Sarries' midfield.
Keith Earls - 6
Quiet display all round but again, did little wrong.
Tyler Bleyendaal - 6
Effortless display in the first half despite getting caught once with an ankle tap by Farrell. Struggled to make an impact in the second half and missed a kick at goal he should have got when Munster really needed points.
Munster's Tyler Bleyendaal and Jackson Wray of Saracens. Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie
Duncan Williams - 6
Pin-point box kicks in the opening half but couldn't keep the consistency going as the match progressed. Kept the fringe defence guessing.
Dave Kilcoyne - 6
Made his presence felt around the field. Part of a solid set-piece display in the opening half.
Saracens's Mako Vunipola and Dave Kilcoyne of Munster. Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie
Niall Scannell - 7
Scrummaged well and threw into the line-out effectively despite being under severe pressure from defensive jumpers.
John Ryan - 7
Met the Saracens' scrum challenge head on - won some, lost some.
Donnacha Ryan - 7
Kept going in the face of relentless pressure from the Saracens' pack.
Billy Holland - 8
Industrious display from the lock and took over the captaincy once O'Mahony went off.
Peter O'Mahony - 7
Led by example. Rugged display around the park and excellent in the line-out until he was forced off through injury.
Tommy O'Donnell - 7
A nuisance around the field. Gave away a needless penalty though to get Sarries on the board. Had emptied the tank before being replaced.
Munster's Tommy O’Donnell and Michael Rhodes of Saracens. Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie
CJ Stander - 8
Good early hit on Farrell set the tone for the day. Tackled, carried and ran whenever he could. Kept going until the end. Scored late on.
Bench - 6
Failed to make the impact needed as a relentless Saracens team pummeled Munster in the second half.