Munster’s Bonus-Point Win Over Gloucester Has Come At A Huge Price
Dropping like flies.
Munster followed up last weekend’s impressive draw with Exeter away from home with a bonus-point win over another Premiership side in Gloucester at Thomond Park yesterday, to leave them top off their pool heading into the break.
But that win appears to have come at a huge cost with the southern province losing three frontline players to serious injuries during the game. Flanker Tommy O’Donnell (leg), centre Dan Goggin (knee) and Rhys Marshall (leg) all look set to be out for lengthy periods according to head coach Johann van Graan.
Speaking after the game, Van Graan says it’s a ‘huge’ loss to Munster at this stage of the season.
“Tommy [O’Donnell] has gone to the hospital. No confirmation yet but I believe he has broke his leg.” van Graan said.
“Dan Goggin looks like a serious knee injury. [We] also lost Rhys Marshall which looked like a serious upper leg injury.
“A big loss, only eight weeks into the season and three starters that go down like this.”
“We talk about player welfare but the game is becoming more and more physical, guys are getting shots, three serious injuries from our side… Huge for us [losing] those three guys.”
Munster also lost the services of Niall Scannell to a leg injury this week and are still without the likes of Chris Farrell and Conor Murray. Keith Earls and Jaco Taute are also both out but expected back sooner rather than later.