Tag Archive | Ian Keatley

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 […]

The Earl in full flight – Leinster: 23 – Munster: 17

The Earl in full flight – Leinster: 23 – Munster: 17

What a wonderful sight it was to see Keith Earls in full flight, crossing the line three times on his first game of the season.  OK, one of them didn’t count as there was a blatant forward pass before his scorching run but it certainly got our hearts pumping.  He was the standout Munster player and it is great […]

Double J-light! Munster: 39 – Cardiff Blues: 16

Double J-light! Munster: 39 – Cardiff Blues: 16

Playing a high tempo game including more of the offloads and pop passes which have been a feature in the early season combined with excellent scrummaging provided the bedrock of this performance by a strong Munster team as the internationals return to the fold. Penalties conceded meant that Cardiff kept the scoreboard ticking over 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 […]

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 […]