Pro12 League

Gutted but expectations for 2016/17 exceeded: Munster: 22  – Scarlets: 46

Gutted but expectations for 2016/17 exceeded: Munster: 22 – Scarlets: 46

The emphatic nature of this defeat hurts as the defence which has been a cornerstone of so many great results this season was breached six times.  Sometimes things just don’t go your way, with turnovers conceded, some poor kicking and handling.  The physical and emotional efforts of the long season took their toll on Munster who did […]

D-Day: Munster: 23 – Ospreys: 3

D-Day: Munster: 23 – Ospreys: 3

One more day out secured, a date with destiny in this most remarkable, emotional rollercoaster ride of a season.  A certain symmetry to end the Pro12 season as it began, facing the Scarlets.  That opening game and the manner of victory gave us plenty of hope.  Thirty two games later one of the few defeats since […]

Hunger: Munster: 50 – Connacht: 14

Hunger: Munster: 50 – Connacht: 14

With such intense competition for places there was no danger that this “dead rubber” would be a damp squib or a banana skin. Players looking to cement places in the semi-final 23 or to show that they would be ready to step up if opportunity arose brought great hunger and intensity to their performances. Winning […]

Eye on the Prize: Benetton Treviso: 14 – Munster: 34

Eye on the Prize: Benetton Treviso: 14 – Munster: 34

Twenty one league games later, Munster’s consistency and ability to close out tight games has been rewarded with a home semi-final.  With just three losses – away to Leinster plus at home to Cardiff and Scarlets – to have secured a home semi-final before the final round of the league shows the progress made as the team built on […]

Final Dress Rehearsal: Munster: 22 – Ulster: 20

Final Dress Rehearsal: Munster: 22 – Ulster: 20

The strong team announced on Friday – albeit still missing CJ and Conor – set up the inter-pro as a dress rehearsal for the European semi-final. The late changes required allowed both Munster scrum-half under-studies (Angus Lloyd and Abrie Griesel) to audition for the potential bench spot should Conor Murray not recover in time for […]

“…Homeward, Tae think again” Munster: 10 – Glasgow Warriors: 7

“…Homeward, Tae think again” Munster: 10 – Glasgow Warriors: 7

It was intense, it was unrelenting, end to end action, full of physicality with exclamations of “Wow” at some of the skills on display and groans/cheers at the errors depending on which side made them!  Glasgow travelled to Cork in search of a crucial away win to salvage their league play-off ambitions.  Hence, despite a short turnaround […]

Double Delight!  Zebre: 14 – Munster: 50

Double Delight! Zebre: 14 – Munster: 50

The bonus point win against Zebre was welcome but the real bonus was discovering that Ospreys had lost in Treviso!  As a result Munster leap-frogged them into second place in the table to take their destiny back into their own hands after 18 rounds of the league.  The remaining home games will be tough with Glasgow, Ulster and […]