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    Munster and Ireland's performance have been compared on this site following the defeat against France. I'd like to compare them again:

    It is Ireland's best season in years (and probably ever!), a victory against SA, Oz, a triple crown and a very close 2nd spot of the 6 nations. Furthermore most specialists now describe Ireland as the best NH team.

    On the other hand Munster had their worst season since 1999. The Bourgoin and Leicester games had announced the disaster that was last night; at no point this season did Munster come close to level they had during previous seasons.

    No glorious victory and no glorious defeats either; both Leicester and Llanelli looked like a cat playing with a thread of wool. Munster now have a few ewtra weeks to work something out, there is a lot of work to be done...





    #2
    I agree,absolutely no spark.It just shows how hard it is to retain the HC.
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      #3


      It is the most difficult task to retain a trophy.


      We have not played, at any stage, up to the level or intensity of last season.


      Last night showed the weaknesses of our back division. Dowling showing 2nd season decline, Mafi's defensive frailties, Kelly not fully fit and has lost some of his spark (too old?).


      Maybe the defeat is not such a bad thing at this stage. We can regroup for next season.


      Leinster might now do the business! Best of luckto them today





      Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. -T.S. Eliot

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        #4
        Where was Axle??
        they call it \'passion\', we call it pride

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          #5
          Good post Ozoyo, it was a painful result but it might give us a chance to get our heads we've alot to do for next season considering most the lads will be at the world cup and unavailable to us, on that note i think DK should play the guys who will be playing for us when the world cup is on in the last few celtic league matches just a thought

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            #6
            I couldn't say about being the worst since '99 but I agree that the spark was missing! The spark was in us, the supporters, but not the team. We powered ahead on other fronts as you've said Oz and maybe RWC will lift the spirits again.
            Of course we're all disappointed, we had such a trip last year which is still ringing in our ears. Is it so bad we're to hold tight to that memory another while?
            THe sun rose, the world is still turning and we're alive. We'll do battle another day. Here's to the future. C'MON MUNSTER.

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              #7
              Just checked we have lanelli at home in musgrave on the 14th should be a goodmatch i'll be home for easter finally get a game in this season

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                #8

                Well I hope the rest of the season will be used to blood the future of Munster rugby.

                What worries me about this season is the fact that until now, I had felt it was unfair when Munster was knocked out (against Wasps, Stade, Toulouse, Bo, Northampton, etc.). It might be a personal feeling but I have been embarrassed by the two last defeats in the HC and IMO, for those two games, the score was too soft given our performance.

                Hopefully, with Munster back in the challenger seat, the players will have a new hunger next season...



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                  #9

                  It was a worry of mine all last summer that having won the HEC we wouldn't come close to the same level this year. Such a large part of what made us champions last year was the will to win, the pain of the previous seven years, the incredible desire not to let Leinster win it before us that despite the players, the organisation and the commitment we wouldn't quite reach the same heights. After the Leicester win I thought I must've just been kidding myself but it does seem to have come home to roost. I don't think it would have been possible for any bunch of people you could recreate the desire of last year. To reach the next level we really need to become a clinical, precise team with the depth to rotate and change as a season progresses.

                  As for the fans I thought it was deadest away trip I've been on. For myself anyhoo there wasn't the same buzz/anticipation and fear of losing that we had before. Can't ever remember being so outsung in a HEC elimination match. It's understandable after last year but it prob has an impact at some level.




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                    #10


                    Originally posted by Ozoyo
                    Well I hope the rest of the season will be used to blood the future of Munster rugby.

                    What worries me about this season is the fact that until now, I had felt it was unfair when Munster was knocked out (against Wasps, Stade, Toulouse, Bo, Northampton, etc.). It might be a personal feeling but I have been embarrassed by the two last defeats in the HC and IMO, for those two games, the score was too soft given our performance.

                    Hopefully, with Munster back in the challenger seat, the players will have a new hunger next season...





                    Good Post sums it up really

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                      #11
                      Probably right we are as low as we can go. If it is since 1999 well then we have 7 years to get back to what we reached in 2006.We need to make winning the ML a serious goal on a regular basis and then use the vintage years to win the HCUP not the other way around.

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