All You Need To Know | Munster v Gloucester
18th October 2018 By The Editor
Munster host Pool 2 leaders Gloucester at Thomond Park in the Champions Cup on Saturday afternoon in the province’s first European home game of the season (1pm, tickets still available).
Due to the extra demand for Munster v Gloucester tickets, the Thomond Park Ticket Office will stay open until 7pm on Thursday and Friday along with opening at 9am on matchday.
You can also purchase tickets online here.
The clubs are facing off for the eighth time with Munster emerging with five victories from the previous seven clashes.
Gloucester made a winning return to Champions Cup rugby to take top spot in Pool 2 after the opening round of games. Head Coach Johan Ackermann’s men show great character to hang on and claim a 19-14 win over French champions Castres Olympique at Kingsholm on Sunday.
Playmaker Danny Cipriani, named Premiership Player of the Month for September, kicked four penalties and a conversion to guide his side to victory with scrum-half Callum Braley touching down.
A bright start to their domestic campaign has seen Gloucester establish themselves in the top four of the Premiership. Former Ireland international David Humphreys is the Gloucester Director of Rugby. The Gloucester squad also includes a former Munster man with Gerbrandt Grobler scoring one try in five appearances since making the move from Limerick to Gloucester over the summer.
Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Dan Goggin, Rory Scannell, Darren Sweetnam; Joey Carbery, Duncan Williams; James Cronin, Rhys Marshall, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne; Peter O’Mahony (C), Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander.
Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Dave Kilcoyne, Stephen Archer, Billy Holland, Arno Botha, Alby Mathewson, JJ Hanrahan, Sammy Arnold.
Gloucester: Jason Woodward; Matt Banahan, Billy Twelvetrees, Mark Atkinson, Tom Marshall; Danny Cipriani, Callum Braley; Josh Hohneck, Franco Marais, Fraser Balmain; Tom Savage, Ed Slater (capt); Freddie Clarke, Jake Polledri, Ben Morgan.
Replacements: Henry Walker, Val Rapava Ruskin, Ciaran Knight, Gerbrandt Grobler, Gareth Evans, Ben Vellacott, Owen Williams, Tom Hudson.
A Word From The Head Coach
“We’ve known each other a long time and he is a coach I respect,” said Munster Head Coach Johann van Graan of his Gloucester counterpart Johan Ackermann.
“He loves an attacking brand of rugby, you can see the different way that Gloucester have been playing over the last season. I believe a lot of it is down to him.
“We’re under no illusions about what awaits us on Saturday. They have the second highest ball-in-play after Exeter in the Premiership, they like to hold onto the ball as well. They do it in a different way to Exeter but this will be a real test.
“Gloucester play off 9 and off 10. Danny Cipriani’s distribution skills are very good, I think he’s had a very good year. His goal-kicking is very good, and his broken field play – he is one of those players who can win a game on his own. Billy Twelvetrees is a player that I really rate. I think their back three are a big threat on attack. Ben Morgan at No. 8 played very well last weekend. And we know what Gerbrandt Grobler can do – his offloading. I worked with Franco Marais as well at the Sharks. They’ve got threats all over the park so it is going to be a huge battle.”
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz (France);
Assistant Referees: Maxime Chalon (France) & Luc Ramos (France);
TMO: Philippe Bonhoure (France);
Saturday, October 20
Munster v Gloucester, Thomond Park, 1pm;
By calling the Munster Rugby Ticket Office on 061 421103
Drop in to Munster Rugby Ticket Offices at Thomond Park and Irish Independent Park Munster Rugby Ticket Office (Open weekedays from 10am to 5pm)
Please note that the Thomond Park Ticket Office will stay open until 7pm on Thursday and Friday this week. It will also open at 9am on matchday.