Gloucester 15-41 Munster: Joey Carbery celebrates 26-point haul to dump hosts out of Champions Cup

Joey Carbery celebrates a try for Munster
Joey Carbery celebrates a try for Munster

Munster took a giant step towards the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals and dumped Gloucester out of Europe by crushing them 41-15 at Kingsholm.

Fly-half Joey Carbery ran the show, bumping his opposite number Danny Cipriani off centre-stage through a brilliant 26-point haul that included two tries.

Centre Rory Scannell and wings Keith Earls and Andrew Conway also touched down, although there was a possible concern for Ireland boss Joe Schmidt ahead of the Six Nations when Munster captain Peter O'Mahony went off nursing what appeared to be a rib injury just after half-time.

Gloucester managed tries by wing Ollie Thorley and prop Fraser Balmain, plus a Billy Twelvetrees penalty and conversion, yet they remain bottom of Pool Two after Munster opened up an eight-point lead at the top.

And the Irish heavyweights, who claimed a five-point maximum from their west country victory, will be guaranteed a place in the last eight if they beat current Gallagher Premiership leaders Exeter in Limerick next Saturday.

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