RG Snyman's time at Munster is unlikely to end prematurely as he avoids a ban for a high tackle on Will Addison

The South African appeared to touch the former Irish international's head as he cleared the ball and after referee Frank Murphy reviewed the footage on the big screen with television official Andrew Brace, he decided that only a penalty was warranted.

Former scrum-half for Munster, Connacht and Leicester Tigers Murphy argued the incident did not merit a card as it did not present a high level of danger and there were mitigating circumstances as Addison came into contact.

Commissioner Joy Neville will investigate the incident but at this stage it seems unlikely that Snyman will be given a ban that could end his time with the province early and even affect his participation in the match against Ireland in South Africa this summer.

Meanwhile, Munster boss Graham Rowntree said Snyman's compatriot Thaaki Abrahams will be a big asset next season.

“We've been researching him,” he said. “A somewhat unexpected signing, but not for us. Ian Costello, our head of rugby, is now involved in the recruitment with myself and Philip Quinn and has done a lot of research.”

“We were looking for a good player for the back three, but we are very keen that he can settle in Limerick and fit into the team. We spoke to the rugby coaches at his school, the people who have worked with him. That's the care we have taken.

“I think he's going to be great for us.”

Abrahams will be the direct replacement for Simon Zebo, who is retiring.

“'Zeebs', what more does he have to prove?” asked Rowntree.

“If you can get to the end of your game and finish it on your terms, that's a big deal. And look at the way he's playing. He's going to finish on his terms.

“He brings great energy to the group. It's not just about knowing he's in the room, knowing he's in the building, knowing he's in Limerick.

“He's a legend. I wouldn't use that word lightly, he goes on his terms.”

Antoine Frisch could return from injury for Friday's quarter-final against the Ospreys and, like Zebo and Snyman, is in his final countdown in red after his contract was bought out by Toulon.