Tag Archive | Keith Earls

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 […]

Final Dress Rehearsal: Munster: 22 – Ulster: 20

Final Dress Rehearsal: Munster: 22 – Ulster: 20

The strong team announced on Friday – albeit still missing CJ and Conor – set up the inter-pro as a dress rehearsal for the European semi-final. The late changes required allowed both Munster scrum-half under-studies (Angus Lloyd and Abrie Griesel) to audition for the potential bench spot should Conor Murray not recover in time for […]

Diehards: Munster: 31 – Scarlets: 15

Diehards: Munster: 31 – Scarlets: 15

So now I know what a relegation playoff feels like!  The last few weeks/months have been tense and it has not been a vintage season but to finish up with two bonus point wins at home and secure the required Top 6 finish is a relief and there are positives to build on for next season.  […]

Test of character: Munster: 26 – Stade Francais: 13.

Test of character: Munster: 26 – Stade Francais: 13.

  Dead rubber my eye!  Munster had more to play for than pride, they had to halt a losing run to commence the rebuilding of Fortress Thomond.  Failure was not an option but it was a possibility!  Stade Francais had a lot to play for – a quarter final spot in the Champions Cup – […]

Blockdown! Edinburgh:14  Munster:16

Blockdown! Edinburgh:14 Munster:16

The scrum was set as the clock went past 80.  Excellent game management had kept Edinburgh pinned in their own half for the final 10 minutes of the game, so all that was required was to secure possession and kick the ball out to end what had been a match to forget.  CJ Stander stormed upfield for […]

The Wembley top tier (cheap seats) view: Ireland 44 : Romania 10

The Wembley top tier (cheap seats) view: Ireland 44 : Romania 10

It was a wonderful sight, watching the green army stream along all routes leading to Wembley where they helped set a new record of 89,267 in attendance at a Rugby World Cup game and did a lot for the tournament coffers also given the cheapest seats were £50. There was the usual collection of green […]