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Esprit de Corps

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Absolute class from Munster,heart ,soul and sheer guts.

All of Ireland should stand and salute them without reservation.
They are a credit to their sport.

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posted May 26, 2008

"Esprit de Corps"? The main reason Munster won was because their esprit de corps was superior. As your your moniker of "northirishfan????? You must be having a laugh mon ami! My French ain't great but your English is painfully bad.:~)) Toulose are a fine team, don't embarrass them with petty sniping under an unconvincingly assumed Irish identity. A bientot!

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posted May 26, 2008

LeedsLadyBoy.
Keep up the sour grapes boy, we eat that up for breakfast where I come from and use it to keep us motivated season after season after season.
You and David Knox are good and faithful servants to Munster rugby. Thank you both.

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posted May 26, 2008

Where is all this vitriole coming from? Munster dealt with the challenge (a good challenge) put to them by Toulouse, they did what they have to do. Sure the referee made a couple of debatable decisions but that's all they were debatable; I would like to remind some of the Anglophiles on here that that decisions went against Munster as well and whilst Munster play on the edges of the law Toulouse were cynical at the breakdown and were duly penalised. Additionally, to call Munster 'boring' is to discount their route to the final where they played some expansive, easy-on-the-eye rugby. Sour grapes anyone?

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posted May 26, 2008

Speaking as a neutral - the final 20 minutes were enough to put all but the most ardent of Munster fans off the game. Dreadful stuff - winning 'rugby', without doubt but if this is the path the Irish national team are going to go down well, heavan help us.

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posted May 26, 2008

vinotackler, if you believe that you don't know too much about rugby. I'm sure the majority of people who have actually played rugby (and at a high level as I have) will recognise the epic nature of the last 20 minutes of that match and what it actually takes to do what Munster did. Munster can play it wide, but why bother when you can close out the game. It was a final, they treated it as such, they have played expansive rugby this year, but the last 20 minutes of the biggest club competition on earth is not the time to look pretty.

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posted May 26, 2008

If he's a 'NorthIrish' fan, I can understand the bitterness. Ulster rugby is phooked! Apologies to all GENUINE Ulster rugby fans.

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comment by dc8266 (U9392940)

posted May 26, 2008

Well done Munster - an heroic effort.

To all the detractors from whatever origin - envy is very ugly.

If the Lions grind out a series win next year with the same passion and effort then we will all proclaim them heroes. With some Munster grit, some Welsh flair and a little Scots' direction who knows... Doesn't leave much room for anyone else though - maybe that's the problem. Sorry - away off at a tangent there...

European and international sport is all about winning and making your supporters happy and proud of you. From what I saw at the weekend Munster succeeded in both. Well done.

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posted May 26, 2008

What are you really talking about vinotackler - you know little or nothing - the last 20 mins was pure control - sorry but would any of your beloved English teams have played the last 20 mins differently and won?

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posted May 26, 2008

DC8266 - I as a Munster fan have no problem with envy. It is pity I can't stand. Rather envy than the pity that a looser has to suffer. Let's hope the envy is at such a high level this time next year - I have no problem with it. I will be in Edinbugh regardless!!

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posted May 27, 2008

Well I think it's safe to assume Munster are the worst rugby team in Europe according to some of the posts. There should have been an Italian ref with no top level experience to ensure complete impartiality. But then again Italy is close to France, so maybe we should have perhaps tried to find a Swedish or Khazak ref? But that gives us problems as well because the chances are that they would have watched one Munster or Toulouse match in their entire life, thereby rendering them biased.

I agree that Nigel Owens had a poor game, and even before the match I was worried because I thought he had a poor game in the Ireland France match in the 6 nations. That said though, as a proud Munster man, even I can admit that the two biggest decisions (Leamy & Howletts disallowed tries) were correct. If they had been given I'm sure we would never hear the end of it.

Munster played brilliantly, and for the sheer passion support they got from the estimated 65,000 fans (compared to Touslouse's 5,000) do you not think they deserved it? Frankly, the begrudger can keep on cribbing, as Donncha O'Callaghan said on Sunday morning, as he limped through Cardiff airport - "That wasn't rugby? I've got a Heineken Cup winners medal in my arse pocket, so i really couldn't care what anyone else thinks."


Irish by birth, Munster by the grace of God.

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