Tag Archive | Andrew Conway

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fatigue? Connacht: 20 – Munster: 16

Fatigue? Connacht: 20 – Munster: 16

The great expectations for this game arising from the strong team announced the previous day seemed to be justified in the opening minutes as Munster started strongly on a dry night in Galway.  Connacht could not get out of their own 22.  Bundee Aki won a turnover but shortly after a knock-on handed the advantage back to Munster.  From […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]