Tag Archive | Ian Keatley

Regrets, we have a few: Racing 92: 27 – Munster: 22

Regrets, we have a few: Racing 92: 27 – Munster: 22

A poor start; inaccurate execution at key moments; the inability to convert pressure, territory and possession into points; a missed opportunity to make history.  Yes we have a few regrets but I am also proud of the team for getting to the last four for the second year in a row.  They fought till the bitter end and […]

Home comforts in George: Southern Kings: 22 – Munster: 39

Home comforts in George: Southern Kings: 22 – Munster: 39

Moving the game to Outeniqua Park, George from Port Elizabeth may have disrupted travel plans for supporters and the team alike but what an occasion it made of the game for our own CJ Stander, back in his hometown, leading out his team with a 6 nations medal, a Lions tour and numerous man of […]

Warriors: Munster: 20 – RC Toulon: 19

Warriors: Munster: 20 – RC Toulon: 19

Warriors one and all, the Munster team wore the Irish Heart Foundation logo on their jerseys and showed us how big their hearts were as they faced up to the star-studded team of three-time champions Toulon.  Tackling themselves into the ground, they repelled everything Toulon threw at them from the first minute when Zebo and […]

No TBP due to TMO? Munster: 19 – Scarlets: 7

No TBP due to TMO? Munster: 19 – Scarlets: 7

The visit of the champions was a good test for Munster as they looked to rebound from defeat in Edinburgh.  Memories of the Scarlets visit last year when they turned around a deficit at half time to inflict a rare home defeat and of the Pro12 final when they blitzed Munster last May provided cause for concern […]

Below Par: Cardiff Blues: 25 – Munster 18

Below Par: Cardiff Blues: 25 – Munster 18

A sub-par performance would be good in golf but not in rugby!  Maybe it was down to ten changes resulting in new combinations; maybe the new defence systems are still bedding in; maybe it was just a bad day at the office for a few players too many…   Whatever the reason, the review won’t make for […]

Not black and white: Munster: 33 – Zebre: 5

Not black and white: Munster: 33 – Zebre: 5

The loudest, warmest cheer of the Baltic evening was reserved for the arrival of GG, to let him and all watching know that he is not an outcast amongst us but a reformed young man who made a mistake, paid the price and is trying to get on with his short rugby career.  It is […]

From darkness into the light of the U Arena: Racing 92: 34 – Munster: 30

From darkness into the light of the U Arena: Racing 92: 34 – Munster: 30

From the blackness on the TV screen I knew this was no ordinary venue.  Instead of starlight or moonlight as we sometimes see at Thomond there were just flickers from camera phones in the stands before strobe lights swept across the pitch.  The players emerged as the tunnel was illuminated, running onto the dark pitch as the lights came up fully.  The […]