Munster are the BKT United Rugby Championship champions after an incredible 19-14 win over Stormers.

After a slow start start to the season and a dip in the middle, they finished on a high with the most remarkable run to the final and got the job done in style.

Here's how we rated the side.

15 Mike Haley - 8

Constantly in the right place and fielded everything that came his way, kicks were well-judged, as was the yellow he bravely took for the team.

14 Calvin Nash - 8

Superb outing for the winger, worked tirelessly over the duration and was perfectly placed to take Munster's second try

13 Antoine Frisch - 8

Signed for a 100% tackle success rate and was always on hand to carry when required. Poor option for the Stormers’ first try but outstanding thereafter.

12 Malakai Fekitoa - 9

Like his centre partner, Fekitoa was a willing carrier throughout and knew when to take and avoid contact. Beat five defenders and won two turnovers. There will be regrets that he didn’t sign his contract extension.

11 Shane Daly – 8

Must have covered every blade of grass on the pitch and was chaser-in-chief for Munster’s kicks, had a try ruled out in the first half. Along with Nash, has given Andy Farrell some food for thought.

10 Jack Crowley – 9

Outstanding, always in control, ran the line superbly and unlucky to get carded late on. Sublime try-assist for Nash. His two conversions proved vital.

9 Conor Murray – 9

Incredible performance from the 34-year-old. Kicking back to its inch-perfect best and the Stormers simply couldn’t deal with it. Physical presence in defence was key.

1 Jeremy Loughman - 8

Stood firm all day in the scrum and was busy in the loose.

2 Diarmuid Barron – 8

All-action from the hooker, who grabbed Munster’s first try. Top tackler for the visitors with 10 and won a crucial turnover just before half-time when under pressure close to own line.

3 Stephen Archer - 8

Rock solid against a star-studded Stormers front row, massive work-rate.

4 Jean Kleyn - 9

Could not have done any more this season to become a World Cup bolter for the second tournament running. Solid in the lineout, tackled like a demon and carried well, maul defence was notable, too.

5 Tadhg Beirne – 8

Switched to flank after O’Mahony’s withdrawal and part of a smart Munster pack performance, outplaying their vaunted peers. Came up with a big turnover as well.

6 Peter O'Mahony – 8

Only lasted 33 minutes before going off with a head injury but had played like a man possessed to that point, carried hard, tackled hard. So fitting that he got to lift a trophy with his beloved province.

7 John Hodnett - 9

Appeared to be two Hodnetts running around the field and the flanker was named player of the match. Made two clean breaks and finished off the winning try superbly.

8 Gavin Coombes – 9

Brilliant for last try and made 10 successful carries. Disallowed try could have been given in other circumstances and he put in a huge performance.


16 Niall Scannell (for Barron 61) – 7

Solid after replacing Barron for the final quarter.

17 Josh Wycherley (for Loughman 61) – 7

Did his job as Stormers unsuccessfully tried to work scrum penalties.

18 Roman Salanoa (for Archer 61) – 7

Saw out the game well.

19 RG Snyman (for O’Mahony 33) – 8

Prominent for his 50-minute outing.

20 Alex Kendellen (for Kleyn 68) – 7

Solid in closing stages.

21 Craig Casey (for Murray 65) – 7

Did exactly what was required and tackled superbly.

22 Ben Healy (for Frisch 62) – 6

Lucky to get away with a risky kick when he came on but his boot helped late on.

23 Keith Earls (for Nash 69) – 7

Clever mazy run contributed to gaining territory needed for Hodnett try, possibly a perfect ending for a Munster legend.

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