Tag Archive | Keith Earls

Gutted after Gutsy Performance falls short: Leinster: 16 – Munster: 15

Gutted after Gutsy Performance falls short: Leinster: 16 – Munster: 15

The “what-ifs” and “if-onlys” will hurt as the season came to a dramatic but ultimately disappointing end in the RDS at the semi-final stage.  The narrowest of margins in the end and credit to the team for their guts and never say die attitude as they almost found a fairytale ending in the closing minutes.  […]

The Long Zee-bye: Munster: 20 – Edinburgh: 16

The Long Zee-bye: Munster: 20 – Edinburgh: 16

After his final game in Cork, onto his final European home game and now the final Thomond Park game for Simon Zebo, thankfully it was not yet time for goodbye as Munster are through to the semi in Dublin in 2 weeks.  On a sunny bank holiday weekend, some supporters had other plans including Ed […]

Swept Away: Munster: 48 – Castres: 3

Swept Away: Munster: 48 – Castres: 3

As thoroughly as the ground staff swept away the surface water and forked the pitch to aid drainage, the team did likewise to the challenge posed by Castres in the final pool game.  It took a while to break them down but the intent was visible from the off with the linespeed and workrate of the team.  Fair […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]