13 January ‒ Johan Ackermann’s Gloucester are all but out of the European Champions Cup quarter-finals after Friday’s 15-41 home defeat against Munster, coached by fellow South African Johann van Graan.
Joey Carbery scored 26 points for the winners, including two of the five tries. It is the third match in a row that he succeeded with all his goal kicks.
The result virtually assures Munster of a place in the quarter-finals, where they lead Pool 2 on 17 points. Gloucester sit at the bottom of the pool on eight points.
TThey are, however, the only side outside the top two in their pool that still has, albeit a very unlikely outside chance, of making the play-offs. But then theymust beat Castres next weekend by a substantial margin to make up for their negative points difference, earn a try bonus point and hope that Munster will beat Exeter by a good margin and (depending on the margin of the two wins which will affect points difference) prevent Exeter from adding a bonus point to their present log points.
And then comes the count-out to find the best eight from the five pools!
♦ Gloucester have now lost three games in a row in all competitions for the first time and have suffered three straight home defeats at Kingsholm.
“It’s not nice, especially at home,” said Ackermann.
With one round to go, the teams’ log standings are as follows:
Leinster 20, Toulouse 17, Bath 9, Wasps 4
Munster 17, Exeter 13, Castres 9, Gloucester 8
Saracens 23, Glasgow Warriors 19, Cardiff Blues 5, Lyon 0
Racing92 21, Ulster 18, Scralets 7, Leicester Tigers 6
Edinburgh 19, Montpellier 16, Newcastle Falcons 8, Toulon 6
Round 5 results (Jan 10 ‒ 12) ‒
Leinster 29 Toulouse 13
Bath 18 Wasps 16
Munster 41 Gloucester 15
Exeter 34 Castres 12
Saracens 28 Lyon 10
Glasgow Warriors 33 Cardiff Blues 24
Ulster 26 Racing92 22
Scarlets 33 Leicester 10
Montpellier 45 Newcastle 8
Edinburgh 28 Toulon 17