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Gloucester out after Munster’s Joey Carbery eclipses Danny Cipriani

• Gloucester 15-41 Munster
• Ireland fly-half scores two tries and 26 points

Gloucester did not so much bow out of Europe last night as sink without trace on another bruising evening for English self-esteem. Munster may not be quite the force of old but they were still comfortably too strong for the Cherry and Whites, this bonus-point victory all but ensuring the Irish province a place in the tournament’s last eight.

Long before the end the hosts had been chewed up and spat out by their visiting tormentors in spearmint green, whose outstanding fly-half Joey Carbery contributed 26 points including two of his side’s five tries. If Johnny Sexton’s sore calf does not clear up swiftly, Ireland have a ready-made pedigree alternative; as if his all-round game was not impressive enough, the 23-year-old has now landed every one of his last 17 kicks at goal.

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