Tag Archive | Ian Keatley

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 […]

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 […]

Bienvenue and Welkom to our home! Munster: 22 –  Racing 92: 10

Bienvenue and Welkom to our home! Munster: 22 – Racing 92: 10

Back in Thomond for our first visit of 2017 with a home quarter-final on the line and the return of Ronan O’Gara, it was fantastic to be at another sold out game!  The third Irish province to take on French opposition over the weekend, would we be the first to win or would the gruelling run of three […]

Slipping & Sliding but Holding Firm: Connacht: 9 – Munster: 16

Slipping & Sliding but Holding Firm: Connacht: 9 – Munster: 16

For a while it looked like it could be another 3-nil classic at the rain-swept Sportsground. Indeed that was the score from the 2nd till the 31st minute.  A bright opening period featured a smashing offload out of the tackle by Keatley to Earls.  Keith made some ground before passing the ball onto Academy centre […]

Drop goal déjà vu! Glasgow: 15 – Munster: 16

Drop goal déjà vu! Glasgow: 15 – Munster: 16

The Ulster away game in October when we were delighted by Rory Scannell’s late match-winning drop-goal was my last game viewed with MRSC Dublin folks.  Since then Munster have been in great form and I have enjoyed attending the home wins against the Ospreys, Maoris and Treviso.  Back in Dublin for an away game there was a sense […]

History Made: Munster: 27 – Maori ABs: 14

History Made: Munster: 27 – Maori ABs: 14

What a heart-warming, respectful tribute to Anthony Foley! In their triangular formation, the Maori All Black team stood for a moment with heads bowed before their captain Ash Dixon, flanked by 3 of his lieutenants stepped forward to the halfway line as the Munster team lined up opposite them, shoulder to shoulder. Reverentially he laid […]

Work in Progress: Munster 23 – Cardiff Blues: 24

Work in Progress: Munster 23 – Cardiff Blues: 24

After the high of last weeks victory there was a reality check when Cardiff Blues inflicted a narrow home defeat in the second round of the Pro12 campaign this weekend.  In truth Cardiff could have won by more, but it does not mean that the result in Llanelli was a false dawn.  Rather the team fell short […]