It was hard to take much comfort from Munster’s 26-10 defeat of Gloucester, given the visitors’ decision to field a second-string side in Thomond Park.
After last week’s ludicrous defeat to Edinburgh, we expected a rampaging performance against Gloucester, and yet, although they had something like 85% of the posesession, Munster failed to secure a winning bonus point. This is not good. Despite a moment of champagne rugby when Ian Keatley’s crossfield kick found Johne Murphy at just the tight moment for a sweet try, the reality is that Munster are not producing the goods. Possession of 85% should be reflected in the scoreline.
Something like 90-10 would be the appropriate result if we followed the possession stats, though obviously that would never happen, but at the same time, we should never have been worried about the final result in the last 30 minutes.
It should have been Game Over and it was not.
That’s worrying for Munster, especially after last week’s defeat to Edinburgh, a surprising outcome considering the comprehensive trouncing Munster delivered to them in the Rabo a month earlier.