In a few minutes, the vital Munster-Scarlets match will kick off but Munster fans won’t be feeling over-confident. After getting out of jail twice in a row thanks to last-minute drop goals from Ronan O Gara, Munster are lucky to be where they are in the points table. Having lost Jerry Flannery, David Wallace, Keith Earls and only last week, Doug Howlett, Munster are depleted, but of course, as we saw when they took the All Blacks to the wire, that’s when they’re at their determined best.
It’s a big call to travel to Llanelli and take on what is essentially the Welsh international team.
I’m here now in my pub of choice, with my old mate Wrinkly Joe, contemplating two delicious black pints but not particularly sanguine about this.
Half time update.
Jesus Christ, what a half. Scarlets tore into Munster for the first 20 minutes, dominating possession and putting 8 points on the board with no reply. Time after time they turned over Munster ball until suddenly Munster seemed to wake up and string a series of fancy passes together, going down the tunnel after 40 minutes, 11-8 ahead.
I’ll tell you this: whatever else you can say about them, following Munster is never boring.
Scarlets 14 – Munster 17
Wrinkly Joe’s doctor was on the phone with the bad news. Sorry Joe. You’ll have to quit watching Munster. Go back on the cigarettes. They’re safer for your heart.