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From darkness into the light of the U Arena: Racing 92: 34 – Munster: 30

From darkness into the light of the U Arena: Racing 92: 34 – Munster: 30

From the blackness on the TV screen I knew this was no ordinary venue.  Instead of starlight or moonlight as we sometimes see at Thomond there were just flickers from camera phones in the stands before strobe lights swept across the pitch.  The players emerged as the tunnel was illuminated, running onto the dark pitch as the lights came up fully.  The […]

Nollaig na mBan: Munster: 39 – Connacht: 13

Nollaig na mBan: Munster: 39 – Connacht: 13

Another baltic evening, a late kick-off, dangerous roads and the Aussie flu all contributed to a smaller crowd at Thomond Park albeit boosted by a good number of visiting supporters in green.  Those who came to support the home team were treated to a bonus point win built on containing Connacht despite their wind advantage […]

Eighty Minute Game: Ulster: 24 – Munster 17

Eighty Minute Game: Ulster: 24 – Munster 17

The first half provided exactly the response we wanted to see in terms of intensity and physicality after the disappointment of the loss to Leinster.  There were some missed opportunities from kicks at the posts and to touch and a lineout or two which did not go to plan but at half-time we were sitting pretty on 0-17.  Special […]

Second best first half: Munster: 24 – Leinster: 34

Second best first half: Munster: 24 – Leinster: 34

  A reality check that Munster are most definitely behind provincial rivals Leinster in the pecking order was provided in Thomond Park on a bitingly cold and breezy afternoon in Thomond Park.  Bragging rights are definitely with the visitors who have completed the double over Munster this season but there are no trophies given out in […]

Walking the Talk: Leicester: 16 – Munster: 25

Walking the Talk: Leicester: 16 – Munster: 25

Last week the talk was about it only being half-time in the back-to-back European games and about needing to apply the lessons learnt last season.  Soundbites or a statement of intent?  Well actions speak louder than words.  Expecting a backlash is one thing but being able to cope with it requires a lot of preparation, self […]

Half time: Munster 5: Leicester 0 (or in the more standard format 33-10)

Half time: Munster 5: Leicester 0 (or in the more standard format 33-10)

“Until you hear the bell, the final bell” indeed!  Munster were not content for the visitors to claim a consolation score at the death and defended their line as if the result was still in doubt.  Penalties were conceded but it was a statement of intent.  It was important not to let the momentum shift at […]

Boot to Ball: Munster: 36 – Ospreys: 10

Boot to Ball: Munster: 36 – Ospreys: 10

A well-executed tactical kick is always appreciated by the Munster faithful, with the biggest compliment being to describe it as “Rog-esque”  While putting boot to ball entails kicking away possession it is also a key weapon in managing field position and making it more difficult for the other team to score.  It puts them under pressure, and provides the […]