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'They Did Not Get Off The Bus', Ferris Shreds Munster Players After Ulster Loss

'They Did Not Get Off The Bus', Ferris Shreds Munster Players After Ulster Loss
Dylan Ryan
By Dylan Ryan
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Stephen Ferris was back with his takes on last weekend's URC quarter-final fixtures, which featured his home province pull-off a surprisingly easy win against a decidedly poor Munster, while Leinster set records in their demolition of Glasgow.

While Ferris was obviously more than glad of the Ulster performance and win, he, like many others, was very aware of the fact that Munster made it too easy for them as they produced arguably their most disappointing performance of Johann Van Graan's reign.

In conversation with David Gillick, the ex-Ulster and Ireland flanker did not hold back in the slightest as he tore into the Munster performance and honed in on a few specific players.

De Allende came back into the centre, he looked like he was having a smoke and a pancake. He was just so far off the pace, it wasn't even funny. Considering he played so well in Belfast six weeks previous to that, it probably shows the mentality of the players and not actually the physical capabilities. Which is probably even more frustrating for Munster fans, and the coaches and everybody involved there.

Because when I looked at those names on the team sheet, yes they're still missing a couple of lads, put Snyman in there, put Dave Kilcoyne into loosehead, a Conor Murray that's on song, they really are a match for any team in Europe. And they did not get off the bus, they really didn't. First kick-off, Billy Burns up in the air, right into Peter O'Mahony's bread basket and he knocks it on. And from there it just got worse.

The skill set on show from the Munster players was really poor. Their attack was non-existent, you had players running round the corner and other guys stopping half way around the corner and running back the way to the open side. Just wasting energy for no reason.

Joey Carbery probably had one of the worst games I've ever seen him have in a Munster jersey. A really poor performance by him. He actually looked a lot better in the last 10 or 15 minutes when he moved to full back, when he was able to run the ball back and he had nothing to lose I suppose.


Another consequence of last week's matches was in the area of international selection, with many players vying for congested places on the plane to New Zealand. Certain Munster players such as Wycherley and Kleyn may have dented their chances, while Ulster and Leinster men like Ethan McIlroy and Joe McCarthy would have considerably furthered their cases for inclusion in Ireland's summer squad.


Leinster kick-off their URC semi-final against the Bulls in the RDS at 19.35, while Ulster face off against the Stormers at the DHL Stadium in Cape Town tomorrow, with kick-off at 14:00.

SEE ALSO: 'I Don't Think There Is A Legacy Left', Hayes And O'Sullivan Give Damning Assessment Of Van Graan Era

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