Munster 38 — Edinburgh 6

After an initial 15 minutes of uncertainty, Munster locked it down, taking command of the game and dismissing Edinburgh’s challenge in short order.

It was a game of burly front-row guys running like sprinters, half-backs tackling like flankers, lock forwards jinking like wingers and wingers running at the opposition like heavy front-row guys.

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This is Rob Penney’s vision come to fruition: total football, and he has been proven right.  It’s exciting, it’s dangerous and it’s just simply great.  Long may it last.  Offloading, running lines like the southern crowd, switching it unexpectedly, stretching them, confusing them, running rings around them.  Just look at Johne Murphy’s try, almost as if it had been practised on the training ground with the boys stepping out of his way while Edinburgh defenders stood flat-footed.  Wonderful stuff.  Look at Conor Murray’s dispatching of the first try.  Bang.  There ya go, lads.

Beautiful stuff, wonderful fluid running and a murderous scrum that left Edinburgh floundering.  Dead straight darts from Varley.  Unstoppable mauls that forced the opposition into one penalty after another.

What a shame that Keith Earls sustained what seems to be a very nasty knee injury after his own maul fell on top of him, when he tried to recover from a very poor back-pass from Damien Varley, but how impressive that Munster were able to replace him with the ridiculously-talented Simon Zebo.  Now that’s a hell of a bench.

Being realistic about it, Edinburgh weren’t the most testing visitors ever and therefore this contest doesn’t tell us much.  If we’d been playing Leinster it would have been an entirely different day out, but for now, let’s at  least enjoy the fact that we have a home quarter final against Toulouse on the 6th April.

After that, we’ll see how we get on.

10 thoughts on “Munster 38 — Edinburgh 6

  1. Bock, you should be writing for one of the national papers. I’m surprised you’ve not been snapped up yet.
    Great stuff. Again.

  2. I agree somewhat with the surprisingly cranky opinion of Marcus Horan on the radio- they still don’t play in a cohesive style & their performances are still stop-start. The good news is that they are going to get better.

  3. `Munster weren’t at their best, but they looked far more coherent than Leinster, who committed error after error on Friday night – sitting at the RDS it did not feel like a 36-3 win. Ulster look the most composed at the moment. Having bought tickets for Cardiff last autumn, I shall be happy to see any one (or even two) of them there.

  4. It’s hard to know what Munster’s best is now that Penney has got his hands on them. He’s built on the great Munster traditions, and expanded the work laid down by Tony McGahan. Now we have a blood-and-guts Munster that can also run creative lines and offload at will. I for one welcome our Antipodean overlords.

  5. Perhaps it is a matter of self-belief, there seemed moments, when the lead was six points, when Edinburgh might have come back into things. Stade Toulousain will need to play like a team transformed if they are to compete at Thomond. Their match against Zebre was a strange affair. Zebre had both flankers yellow carded in the space of a couple of minutes but Toulouse still managed to win only 16-6. The French showed no urgency and the Italians might have achieved a far closer result had not simple penalties been missed.

  6. We have to endure more of that Munster by the grace of god shiite.
    Arrogant cliquish crowd up their own butts….hopefully the drogues will see them off

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