Player Ratings: Munster's standout performers against Toulouse

We rate Rassie Erasmus' side after they progressed to the Champions Cup semi-final

BY Simon Maguire 20:17 Saturday 1 April 2017, 20:17 1 Apr 2017

Munster walk back after CJ Stander scores a try. Image: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Munster progressed to the semi-final of the Champions Cup with a 41-16 win over Toulouse. We rate Rassie Erasmus' side. 

Simon Zebo - 8

A threat in open play as usual and solid under the high ball. Did his Lions chances no harm today.

Munster's Simon Zebo with Gael Fickou of Toulouse. Image: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Darren Sweetnam - 6

Quiet enough first half. One poor kick handed Toulouse back possession when Munster were on the attack. Capitalised on Taute's tackle at the end to score a try and confirm Munster's passage to the semi-final. 

Jaco Taute - 7

Some huge hits in defence. Brilliant tackle led to Sweetnam's try at the end. 

Rory Scannell - 6

Muted performance but put himself about in defence. Got the ball out wide to the danger men regularly. 

Keith Earls - 6

Very quiet compared to his usual displays but did little wrong. 

Tyler Bleyendaal - 8

Imperious as ever. Managed his side around the park efficiently. Kicked superbly. 

Munster’s Tyler Bleyendaal after a successful kick. Image: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Duncan Williams - 8

Stepped into Murray's boots effortlessly. Was a nuisance throughout and was almost rewarded with a try from a charge down.

Dave Kilcoyne - 7

Got about in open play and made the hard yards with 10 carries. Emptied the tank before being replaced. 

Niall Scannell - 7

Played his part in taking the physical battle to the French. 

John Ryan - 8

Powered over from close range to set Munster on their way. Big game throughout and anchored a solid scrum. 

Munster's John Ryan with Thierry Dusautoir of Toulouse. Image: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Donnacha Ryan - 8

Brilliant in the line out. Proves the decision not to keep him in Ireland is questionable.  

Billy Holland - 7

Worked in tandem with Ryan in an impressive front five display. Led the team after O'Mahony went off injured.  

Peter O'Mahony - 8

Brilliant in the defensive line-out and stole three. Aggressive in defence and as abrasive as ever before going off injured.

Tommy O'Donnell - 7

Unlucky to knock-on for Bleyendaal's disallowed try. Linked the play well throughout.    

CJ Stander - 8

Embraced the physical aspects of the game as usual. Took his try well. Concerning to see him limp off after 65 minutes. 

Bench - 8

Kept the intensity high when they came on and helped round off a big win. 

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