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Kingsholm nightmare for youthful Munster

By the Editor
(Pictured, Jonny May on the attack for Gloucester today. Pic, Martin Bennett, Gloucester Rugby)
SIX tries and a 37 point winning margin would indicate a cakewalk for Gloucester in today’s friendly in Kingsholm but with 35 minutes remaining. Munster were holding on doggedly thanks to some tremendous defensive work.
It was 10-0 to the Cherry Reds at half-time and, to be fair, it could have been more than that had Gloucester reaped more rewards for dominating the possession.
A Johnny Holland penalty six minutes into the second half gave Munster hope but it was only in injury time that they got their next and last score, a try from Cian Bohane that will do little to lift the gloom on the return journey home tonight.
Gloucester replied to Holland’s three pointer swiftly. James Hook kicked a brace of penalties to put paid to any slim hopes the Irish province had of a second half resurgence and in quick succession there was a try from Billy Twelvestrees and two each from Matt Kvesic and Elliott Stooke, this one converted by Billy Barnes.
Not a good start for Munster’s new-look coaching team but there must be some benefit for the youngsters who were getting their first taste of rugby at this high level. With Gloucester fielding close to a side we can expect to trot out when the Premiership Rugby season gets underway in a few weeks, this weakened Munster side was always on a hiding to nothing.
Taking on fixtures such as this one, away from home, must be questioned. Defeats, mostly by this margin, do little for morale and we have to get back through the record books for the occasion that Munster lost by a 37-point margin.
Next week-end’s game in Waterford, now becomes a bigger challenge.
Munster: Stephen Fitzgerald; Ronan O’Mahony, Cian Bohane, Ivan Dineen, Darren Sweetnam; Johnny Holland, Duncan Williams; Alan Cotter, Ger Slattery, BJ Botha; Donncha O’Callaghan Capt., Sean McCarthy; Shane Buckley, Barry O’Mahony, CJ Stander.
Replacements from: Niall Horan, Kevin O’Byrne, John Ryan, John Madigan, Ryan Murphy, Cathal Sheridan, David Johnston, Ned Hodson, Rory Scannell, Ryan Foley, Greg O’Shea.

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