Unsurprising winner of Champions Cup try of the round
By Rugby Onslaught

Unsurprising winner of Champions Cup try of the round

There was absolutely no way anything other than Munster’s try against Toulouse on Sunday could have won the Heineken Champions Cup try of the round.

Finished by Tadhg Beirne in the end, this was a team effort by Munster at the Stade Ernest Wallon, with some unreal skill from Gavin Coombes and Craig Casey in the build up from their own half.

This put Munster in the lead in the second half, although they could not maintain that lead and ended up losing 20-16. They did nevertheless still qualify for the last 16 of the Champions Cup, where they will travel to Durban to take on the Sharks in April. Meanwhile, Toulouse will play the Bulls at home.

Take a look at the try:

Munster head coach Graham Rowntree said after the results: “Not many teams come here and do what we did, recover from an early setback and find a way to stay in the game. We’ll have a look at some things we can do better.

“We’re tough to beat – that’s the bedrock of what I want us to be in terms of our DNA. I’m really pleased with how we’re going.

“We’re going to be seeing a lot of them (the Sharks). And to me, what makes a class team is what you do on the road.

“We’ve had a couple of good moments there recently, in Edinburgh and Ulster. I’m gutted about today in Toulouse because it would have been a nice feather in the cap.”

Jerome Kaino, the Toulouse skills coach, said after the match: “The history of the games between these two teams shows there have never been any blow-outs. So, to get the win against a very good Munster side was pretty pleasing.

“We started well but weren’t able to capitalise on our momentum. We’re just happy to have secured a home tie against the Bulls and it will be a different brand of rugby to adapt to against them.”