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  • G12 Game 6) Munster V Scarlets. Fri 10th Oct 19.35

    G12 Game 6) Munster V Scarlets. Fri 10th Oct 19.35

    Time to bask in the glory of a win in Dublin and look forward to the Scarlets visiting this friday.

    We cant afford to lose this one.

    Our form
    Off the launchpad and heading upwards. These interpro’s are invariably used as a precursor to the brutality and accuracy needed to compete with the european elite but I’d have to say that what we saw last saturday and also in the training pics leading up to the game was a group of men carrying buckets to the well. Munster filled its boots with headlines, media write-offs and general opinion being that they and their leader in Axel were busted flushes - media be damned! this was a guttural from the soul Munster performance, this was cynical...
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  • Leinster V Munster Sat 4th 18.30 Sky sports

    Leinster V Munster Sat 4th 18.30 Sky sports

    Alright, time to collate my thoughts and try to impart a bit of optimism on a week we usually look forward to.

    Our form Unacceptable. We are going into game 5 of a 22 game series and the form is just not good enough, however, form goes out the window for this game. This is a special game, ignore all the poor mouthery from Blue and Red camps, they will want to kill each other, they will want to set themselves up for Europe and the Autumn Joe Show. This is the opening litmus test. We started very brightly in Thomond on Saturday, crisp quick ball was fizzing out to a dangerous Gerhard, he looked the hungriest of our backline and took the ball back with i...
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  • G12 Game 4) Munster V Ospreys. TP Sat Sept 28th 18.30 KO

    G12 Game 4) Munster V Ospreys. TP Sat Sept 28th 18.30 KO

    Let the big games commence! coming up over the next 5 games we have: Ospreys(H) Leinster(A) Scarlets(H) Sale(A) and Sarries(H) so its time to buckle down and get stuck into some big opposition.

    Our form 2 wins and a loss, we looked dangerous on counter attack last friday, however our pack never took complete control of the contest. Our scrum wasn't as imperious as it has been in the last 9 months, lineout ran well, but our breakdown work is not up to tempo or aggression as of yet (like I said last week as well). Murray can put the ball on a postage stamp with his box kicking, the extremely impressive ROM and Zebo giving catching defenders an awful lo...
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  • Munster V Zebre. TP Fri Sept 19th 19.30 KO

    Munster V Zebre. TP Fri Sept 19th 19.30 KO

    That the when and where sorted, now lets look at the game ahead.

    Our form Patchy but hopefully about to improve rapidly, 1 win and 1 loss. However there is the fillip of further returnees in Paulie, Murray, Killer and JJ! Watching the highlights of the win against Treviso one thing that struck me was that we seemed to use half the width of the pitch at high tempo. Duncan was following the ball from Lineout to in line with the goalposts before returning to the blindside. I like the idea that we are wide, but half as wide as last year. Our wingers are following the ball and the 10 infield to try and target fatti...
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  • Munster v Edinburgh 19:35 5th Sept - the Foley era begins

    Munster v Edinburgh 19:35 5th Sept - the Foley era begins

    Well – another era begins. New management and coaching staff, new European competition and now clear distance in the rear view mirror, thankfully, of former glory days. Munster are a Pro12 top 4 prospect. Nothing more really. For once, we enter a season with realistic expectations. That’s good, really....
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  • IRUPA Awards 2014 - Munster’s James Coughlan collected the Unsung Hero Award

    IRUPA Awards 2014 - Munster’s James Coughlan collected the Unsung Hero Award

    Ulster and Ireland winger Andrew Trimble has been voted the IRUPA Players’ Player of the Year 2014 by his fellow players at the 12th annual awards ceremony. Trimble started all of Ireland’s RBS 6 Nations games, scoring three tries along the way in a season of impressive performances. The prestigious award counts as Trimble’s third IRUPA Award overall, having won the Young Player of the Year award in 2006 and Try of the Year accolade in 2010. The award also comes only days after Trimble was recognised as the Ulster Player of the Year. Connacht and Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw was awarded the Nevin Spence Young Player 2014 accolade for the second year in suc...
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  • The Last Game, by McCloud

    The Last Game, by McCloud

    The last game. Hard to believe that on Saturday, those of us lucky enough to have tickets will be witnessing the last Heineken Cup game in Thomond Park. The magical adventure comes to an end this season - hopefully, whatever replaces it will at some stage generate the same feelings of fear, pride and joy. This Saturday, Munster welcome Toulouse to Thomond Park for the first time in the history of this great competition. Ah, Toulouse - a team that is synonymous with the Heineken Cup, winning it a record 4 times ... something that will never be overtaken now. Looking at their form in their ...
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  • Axel Confirmed as Next Head Coach

    Axel Confirmed as Next Head Coach

    Axel Confirmed as Next Head Coach. Munster Rugby and the IRFU are pleased to announce that Anthony Foley will be promoted from Munster Rugby Forwards Coach to the role of Head Coach from July 1st 2014.Foley will commence the role of Head Coach at the start of the 2014/15 season after signing a two-year contract that will see him stay with the province until at least June 2016. The Limerick man, who has 201 caps for Munster, retired from playing at the end of the 2007/08 season and joined the Munster backroom staff in July 2008 as Technic...
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  • Nearly finished but there may be some excitement left yet.

    Nearly finished but there may be some excitement left yet.

    It's not very exciting, really but here's my version of it.

    • Ulster, Leicester, Toulouse, Clermont, Toulon and Munster have qualified for the Quarter Finals, The latter three as Pool winners.
    • The other three Pool winners will be Ulster or Leicester, Toulouse or Saracens and Leinster or Northampton.
    • Whichever of Ulster of Leicester that does not win Pool 5 will get one second place spot.
    • If Toulouse slip-up and don't win Pool 3, they will get the second second place spot.
    • If Leinster fail to clinch Pool One, they could lose out on a second place spot.
    • The last remaining second placed spot is between Toulouse, Leinster, Northampton, Cardiff, Saracens, Connacht, Harlequins and Edinburgh.

    Pool One
    P W D L F A PD TF TA TB LB Pts Pos
    Leinster 5 4 0 1 116 63 53 11 7 1 0 17 6
    Northampton 5 3 0 2 94 101 -7 10 10 0 1 13 9
    Castres 5 2 0 3 75 91 -16 5 5 0 0 9
    Ospreys 4 1 0 3 72 102 -30 3 7 0 1 5
    Remaining Fixtures:
    Friday 20:00 Leinster v Ospreys , Northampton v Castres.

    Leinster need one point to win the Pool. No points would do if Northampton fail to get 5 v Castres. (Leinster won the Head to Head 5-4)
    To win the Pool, Northampton must get five points and hope that Leinster get none.

    Second place is between Leinster, Northampton and Castres. If Leinster don’t win the Pool, they will be second.
    A 4-0, 5-0 or 5-1 win for Castres gets them second place. Any other result gets Northampton second place (unless they get 5 and Leinster get none as stated above).

    Pool Two

    P W D L F A PD TF TA TB LB Pts Pos
    Toulon 5 4 0 1 155 96 59 15 9 3 1 20 2
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  • Heineken Cup fourth Round review, what happens next, by Piquet

    Heineken Cup fourth Round review, what happens next, by Piquet

    Pool One
    P W D L F A PD TF TA TB LB Pts Pos
    Leinster 4 3 0 1 87 41 46 8 4 1 0 13 6
    Northampton 4 2 0 2 65 84 -19 7 8 0 1 9 12
    Castres 4 2 0 2 53 62 -9 2 2 0 0 8
    Ospreys 4 1 0 3 55 73 -18 1 4 0 1 5

    Remaining Fixtures:
    Round 5 Castres v Leinster, Ospreys v Northampton.
    Round 6 Leinster v Ospreys , Northampton v Castres.

    A major slip-up by Leinster in Round Four but nowhere near being terminal. Six more points will win the Pool so it’s in their own hands. They could even wrap things up next time out by winning in Castres if the Ospreys beat Northampton.

    Northampton need things to go their way. Two wins would put them on 17 at least and hoping that Leinster lose one of their games or preferably both. They need to overtake Leinster having lost the Head-to-Head 4-5.

    Castres also need favours elsewhere to win the pool. They’re 0-4 down, level on tries and 8 points down from the RDS so their second priority (after the win) next time out v Leinster, is to turn that over. If they were to do that, they would go to Franklin’s Gardens in the last round at most two points behind Northampton and a victory could win the Pool, depending on what happens in the RDS between Leinster and the Ospreys.

    Ospreys are bottom but, believe it or not, are still in with an outside chance of winning out. Two wins would put them on 13 at least. If Castres beat Leinster and Northampton beat Castres, then all four teams would be on three wins each with bonus points and the various head-to heads deciding things. The Ospreys have won the Head-to-Head against Castres 5-4. They are 1-4, one try and seven points down to Leinster and 0-4, two tries and nine points down to Northampton in the respective head to heads. Given that they have only scored one try so far, it’s a big ask!

    As usual at this stage, a lot will depend on Castres’s attitude. If they decide to “focus on the T14” to use the euphemism, then the Ospreys become the Kingmakers.

    Pool Two

    P W D L F A PD TF TA TB LB Pts Pos
    Toulon 4 3 0 1 112 76 36 11 7 2 1 15 4
    Cardiff 4 3 0 1 86 86 0 7 9 1 0 13 9
    Exeter 4 1 0 3 89 95 -6 9 11 1 2 7
    Glasgow 4 1 0 3 75 105 -30 9 9 1 1 6
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