European Champions Cup
Cherry and Whites outplayed
Munster mauling
Gloucester 15 Munster 41
Friday, January 11, 2019 - 1745hrs

Another let down.
Despite the return of talisman Danny Cipriani, the Cherry and Whites were on the end of a real mauling from a full strength street-wise Munster team who were much better in all departments throughout the match.
In marked contrast, spirited Gloucester could not match the Irish side's skill levels or just as crucially, how rarely their opponents made mistakes but punished opposition errors, consequently the hosts were always up against it.
Munster were better than expected, whilst Gloucester were simply not as good as we had hoped for. Disappointing but at this level but all too often Gloucester are their own worst enemies.
You cannot do much in any game without the ball and for long periods of the first-half Munster dominated possession and territory as they profited from an aerial bombardment plus the benefits of a high penalty count but with the score at 10-3, Gloucester had coped fairly well but a second converted try on the stroke of half-time for the visitors took their score to 17 and probably proved decisive.

To their credit the hosts did manage to put some pressure on the Munster line but despite scoring tries through Fraser Balmain and Ollie Thorley, each time they scored Munster hit back with little trouble to score another converted try.




Munster had failed to perform in France against Top 14 Champions Castres with Joey Carberry enduring a nightmare but at Kingsholm he had a dream performance and ran the show with a personal tally of 26 points as part of a very professional genuine team performance racking up a five try, bonus-point win.

There is no doubt that Gloucester's long list of injuries is beginning to hurt but so are all the mistakes and self-inflicted wounds.
Next week's trip to Castres is now but a Champions Cup formality
and probably an opportunity to rest some of the regular players before the rigours of Premiership Rugby returns with the visit of Exeter next month.
It goes without saying some forthcoming big games need big performances to ensure Champions Cup rugby for next season.
T.H. 12/1/2019

More from Mike
What can one say?
We could all start jumping up and down and complain about players and management. But wait...
On a night with an electric atmosphere that brought Kingsholm alive and filled the stadium with a cacophony of sound, the Cherry & Whites were given a lesson in how to play rugby. On the night they were beaten by the superior side.
On the plus side Glos did compete and put in a solid performance. Also, what we must remember is Munster are an established side, probably 3 or 4 years ahead of where Glos are heading.
Our European adventure is over for this year, let's now get back to the winning ways in the Premiership, and secure a play-off and Champions Cup place.

5 Tom Hudson, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Billy Twelvetrees, 12 Mark Atkinson, 11 Ollie Thorley, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Callum Braley,
8 Ben Morgan (c), 7 Lewis Ludlow, 6 Franco Mostert, 5 Gerbrandt Grobler, 4 Ed Slater,
3 Fraser Balmain, 2 Henry Walker, 1 Josh Hohneck


16. Franco Marais, 17. Alex Seville, 18. Ciaran Knight, 19. Freddie Clarke, 20. Gareth Evans, 21. Ben Vellacott, 22. Owen Williams, 23. Henry Trinder

Unavailable for selection:
Ruan Ackermann, Gareth Denman, Ruan Dreyer, Todd Gleave, James Hanson, Willi Heinz, Jaco Kriel, Tom Marshall, Jake Polledri, Henry Purdy, Val Rapava Ruskin, Will Safe, Tom Savage, Jaco Visagie, Jason Woodward

Referee - Romain Poite -France

Attendance -16,000

Half-time 3-17
Tries: Balmain, Thorley
Con: Twelvetrees
Pen: Twelvetrees


Munster Match Reports
2002 - 12 October - GLOUCESTER 35 MUNSTER 16
2003 - 18 January - Munster 33 Gloucester 6

2004 - 10 January - GLOUCESTER 22 MUNSTER 11
2004 - 17 January - Munster 35 Gloucester 14

2008 - 05 April .....- GLOUCESTER 3 MUNSTER 16

2014 - 11 January - GLOUCESTER 7 MUNSTER 20

Heineken Cup Results 2001-2019

Glos - Heineken Cup Record

Glos - Euro Attendances - Kingsholm