Season 16/17

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 […]

We have Dreams and Songs to sing: Munster: 10 – Saracens: 26

We have Dreams and Songs to sing: Munster: 10 – Saracens: 26

While the head expected a Saracens win, my heart and dreams were hoping for another heroic Munster victory.  The Red Army were there in great numbers to do what they could to swing the game in Munster’s favour but Saracens proved why they are champions of Europe and of England. Traffic nightmares on the M7 made it a […]

Fighting Spirit of Champions: Munster A: 29 – Jersey Reds: 28

Fighting Spirit of Champions: Munster A: 29 – Jersey Reds: 28

A win built on grit, fighting spirit and that “never give up” ethos we love to see in our team, despite facing an uphill battle with a scoreline of 0-18 after quarter of the game.  Maybe because the As had been focused on helping the senior team prepare for the European semi-final all week, simulating the Saracens instead […]

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 […]