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Heart, grit and passion: Munster: 14 – Racing 92: 7

Heart, grit and passion: Munster: 14 – Racing 92: 7

Like the popping of a champagne cork, the outpouring of excitement, relief and delight after an hour of cut and thrust with neither side making a breakthrough was euphoric as we watched Conor Murray block down the box-kick, chase after the ball, gather it and score in the corner. Jumping for joy, cheering, waving flags, the noise levels […]

Blow it up ref: Castres: 17 – Munster: 17

Blow it up ref: Castres: 17 – Munster: 17

The referee had too much occasion to blow his whistle.  Similar to the previous game the penalty count against Munster was high in the first half including a yellow card for Conor Murray in the 5th minute.  Eleven penalties were conceded in total.  I’ve heard a draw being described as “like kissing your sister” but it is better than a […]

The Earl in full flight – Leinster: 23 – Munster: 17

The Earl in full flight – Leinster: 23 – Munster: 17

What a wonderful sight it was to see Keith Earls in full flight, crossing the line three times on his first game of the season.  OK, one of them didn’t count as there was a blatant forward pass before his scorching run but it certainly got our hearts pumping.  He was the standout Munster player and it is great […]

Double J-light! Munster: 39 – Cardiff Blues: 16

Double J-light! Munster: 39 – Cardiff Blues: 16

Playing a high tempo game including more of the offloads and pop passes which have been a feature in the early season combined with excellent scrummaging provided the bedrock of this performance by a strong Munster team as the internationals return to the fold. Penalties conceded meant that Cardiff kept the scoreboard ticking over in […]

This lock is on fire! Ospreys: 16 – Munster: 21

This lock is on fire! Ospreys: 16 – Munster: 21

Who would have expected Jean Kleyn to be breathing down Alex Wootton’s neck for the accolade of top try scorer after three rounds of the league?  With four tries in three games he is just one behind the speedy winger.  By picking up the Man of the Match award in Swansea he is also making a […]

The A – Z of winging it: Munster: 51 – Toyota Cheetahs: 18

The A – Z of winging it: Munster: 51 – Toyota Cheetahs: 18

Move over Zebo, there is a new kid in town! On his 10th senior appearance Alex Wootton became the first Munster player to score four tries in a single game since Mike Mullins (who accomplished that feat back in 2001 according to Stu Farmer on Twitter).  Of course Simon Zebo remains Munster’s top try scorer, […]

Old friends and new faces: Munster: 34 – Benetton: 3

Old friends and new faces: Munster: 34 – Benetton: 3

Finally!  I was delighted when Friday came, bringing with it the opening game of the season.  Unlike recent years, there had been no home pre-season friendly to ease us in and give us supporters an opportunity to warm up and fine tune our role as the 16th man.  As I arrived in Cork I noticed that some people had already invested in […]