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.
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.