Man of the Match Joey Carbery, right, celebrates after scoring the first of his two tries in Munster's bonus point win over Gloucester in the Champions Cup at Kingsholm on Friday night
CLINICAL Munster thumped Gloucester 41-15 to record a hugely impressive bonus point win in their Heineken Champions Cup fixture at Kingsholm on Friday night.
Munster scored five tries, including a brace for Man of the Match Joey Carbery, as Johann van Graan’s side made it six successive wins over the Cherry and Whites in Europe.
Fly-half Carbery bagged a hugely impressive 26 points in all as Munster cemented their place at the top of Pool 2.
Munster's 26-point winning margin amounted to a record defeat for Gloucester in European competition.
Munster, took a commanding 17-point lead into half-time, 20-3, after the visitors scored two first half tries.
Out-half Joey Carbery, who also kicked 10 first half points, crossed for an excellent 26th minute try.
Munster made big gains off Conor Murray’s pin-point box-kicks, with the Gloucester back-three struggling under the high ball.
The crucial score of the half arrived with the clock in the red zone after centre Rory Scannell powered over for a terrific try after Munster racked up 26 phases with superb ball retention, discipline and patience.
Peter O'Mahony is up for this! pic.twitter.com/ggzK3pdftD— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) January 11, 2019
Munster added three further tries in the second half from play-maker Carbery, Keith Earls and Andrew Conway to seal a resounding win.
The one downside for Munster was the rip injury sustained by team captain Peter O'Mahony in the second half which forced the flanker to be replaced.
After 20+ phases with the clock in the Red, Munster land a hammer blow!— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) January 11, 2019
Rory Scannell caps off a great first half for the visitors pic.twitter.com/sfn8nHc4es
Second-placed Castres Olympique travel to play Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park on Sunday afternoon.
Munster complete their programme of Champions Cup pool fixture with a home tie against Exeter Chiefs at a ‘sold-out’ Thomond Park on Saturday, January 19, 5.30pm.
SCORERS: Gloucester: Ollie Thorley, Fraser Balmain try each, Billy Twelvetrees pen, con. Munster: Joey Carbery two tries, two pens, five cons, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls, Andrew Conway try each.
Beautiful kick— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) January 11, 2019
Joey Carbery is the man of the moment
A devastating couple of minutes! pic.twitter.com/M8IFep63PG
GLOUCESTER: Tom Hudson; Charlie Sharples, Billy Twelvetrees, Mark Atkinson, Ollie Thorley; Danny Cipriani, Callum Braley; Josh Hohneck, Henry Walker, Fraser Balmain, Ed Slater, Gerbrandt Grobler, Franco Mostert, Lewis Ludlow, Ben Morgan (Capt). Replacements: Franco Marais, Alex Seville, Ciaran Knight, Freddie Clarke, Gareth Evans, Ben Vellacott, Owen Williams, Henry Trinder.
MUNSTER: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Joey Carbery, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer, Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne, Peter O'Mahony (capt), Tommy O'Donnell, CJ Stander. Replacements: Rhys Marshall, Jeremy Loughman, John Ryan, Billy Holland, Arno Botha, Alby Mathewson, Tyler Bleyendaal, Dan Goggin.
REFEREE: Romain Poite (France)