Munster player ratings

We rate the Irish side after they beat Racing Metro 22-10 in Thomond Park

BY Simon Maguire 20:24 Saturday 21 January 2017, 20:24 21 Jan 2017

Munster's Ronan O’Mahony scores the second try of the game. Image: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

We rate the Munster team after their win over Racing Metro on Saturday.


Simon Zebo - 8

Impressive display from the full-back. Opened the scoring with an opportunist try and was a menace in attack whenever he had the ball. Covered the back field expertly.

Munster's Simon Zebo scores the first try of the game. Image: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Andrew Conway - 8

One of his best showings in a red jersey. Made an unnecessary high tackle early on but was fairly faultless thereafter. Chased kicks all night long and provided the assist for Keatley's try which killed Racing off.  


Jaco Taute - 7

Workmanlike performance from the fan-favourite. Brilliant counter-ruck led to an early turnover and was solid throughout.


Rory Scannell - 7

Grew into the game as it progressed and his understanding with Taute grows with each outing.


Ronan O'Mahony - 8

Quiet enough first half but took his try well. Almost scored a few minutes prior too. Chased kicks agressively when called upon. 

Munster's Ronan O’Mahony scores the second try of the game. Image: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Tyler Bleyendaal - 8

Attacked the line whenever the opportunity presented itself. Kicked competently throughout. A joy to watch.  


Conor Murray - 8

Another calm and controlled performance from the Irish international. Probably should have had a try but the ref felt otherwise. Almost like having an extra backrower on the field with the physicality he brings to each match.


James Cronin - 5

Subbed off early on.


Niall Scannell - 6

A couple of erratic line-out throws again this week. They weren't costly this time but could be during the business end of the season.


John Ryan - 7

Emptied the tank and scrummaged well. Put in a few tackles around the park as well.


Jean Kleyn - 6

Gave away a lazy penalty when he came in from the side early on. Added to the scrum and line-out when called upon.


Donnacha Ryan - 7

Industriuos performance in the engine room and remains a pivotal cog in the red machine.


Peter O'Mahony (c) - 8

Led by example and his display was summed up when he forced a turnover off the back of a Racing scrum five metres out after 30 minutes. Put his hand up for 6 Nations selection. 


Tommy O'Donnell - 7

Overshadowed by his back-row partners but brought a balance to the unit which allowed the other two to flourish.  

CJ Stander - 9

Set the tone early on and played to the same standard throughout with huge carries and massive hits all night long. Super break led to the French side eventually giving away a penalty and a yellow card. 


Munster’s CJ Stander. Image: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Bench - 8

Played their part in getting the job done, in particular Kilcoyne, Saili and Keatley. 

Munster's Ian Keatley scores their third try of the game. Image: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

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