Owen Farrell Neil Francis: ‘Munster must ask themselves two hard questions after curious decision costs them dearly’

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They are the questions that have to be asked. Munster were brave and very clever too, but once again, when they are missing three or four of their quality players, it shows. It might not show until maybe the last few minutes but eventually it will come to the fore.

It took 75 minutes before everybody realised what we knew to be true. With the score at 15-6 to Saracens and Munster typically doing well to be in that position, we were looking for people to do the thinking. Owen Farrell had nudged JJ Hanrahan slightly late as the ball went along the line. It was a bit of a ‘snowflakey’ call but it was good for sport. What would Munster do? Hanrahan picked himself up off the floor and Munster had a penalty on the 15-metre line about 35 metres out.

So let’s do the maths here: if the penalty was converted it would mean a crucial bonus point if the match finished at 15-9. At all stages get the losing bonus point in the bag, then Saracens have to kick off to you and Munster would have the luxury of five minutes of keep-ball — something they have managed to do throughout the years.

The team in red looked unlikely to score a try and you guessed that Saracens would be pragmatic and cynical enough to hold them out. So get your three points and your losing bonus point.

The decision was made on the field and CJ Stander made the call. It was a brave and hopeful decision, but where was the pragmatism when it was

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