Perpignan 14 — Munster Academy 37

Munster end Perpignan’s 5-year undefeated home record in style

There are two things you should never do to any Munster-based team, whether province or club.

The first is to show disrespect in their home ground by making noise while a player for either side is taking a kick.  This is viewed in a very poor light and the Perpignan supporters’ jeering during the traditional silence did not go down well.

The second thing you should never do is to take a Munster team for granted, as M. Yohan Vivalda, the Perpignan flanker, did when he compared Munster to an Academy team.

He received his answer, and his discourteous home supporters were silenced today in Stade Aime Giral, where the home side haven’t been defeated in five years, when Munster trounced them 37-14.  In a focussed display of superiority, Paul O Connell led his men into the Catalan bear-pit and shrugged off the hostility of the home crowd to deliver not only a win, but a bonus point thanks to tries from Hurley, Fogarty, deVilliers and Howlett, while at the same time denying the home team the comfort of a single losing bonus point.

Even a sin-binning for Ronan O Gara didn’t break Munster’s rhythm as Paul Warwick slotted in nicely to take over the kicking duties.

Normal service has resumed, folks, and the Munster show is very much back on the road after a shaky period.

We look forward to welcoming Northampton in January.

7 thoughts on “Perpignan 14 — Munster Academy 37

  1. Bock,

    You would never have made a Catholic – all that doubting. The aberration at the RDS was just that. Munster are back.

  2. It”s good to see them back, and by God I’d love to see a Leinster Munster final. That would be something!

  3. Did you hear Paulie being interviewed on the RTE coverage? He lashed out a few underwhelming clichés, thanked everyone and was the normal gracious to the French team, and then when he should have finished he looked the Donnybrook arriviste straight in the eye and said that “we were way off the level at which Leinster are currently playing at”. Didn’t blink or smirk or flinch, sorta the way he played all afternoon. But I liked it, the gentlest of sledges from a Hercules.

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