There was a huge evacuation from the south of Ireland to south Wales in what was a modern day sporting invasion. A thrilling game enthralled spectators and television viewers alike up to the final minutes. Munster controlled the game from the second half onwards, a point acknowledged even by the opposing French press in Equipe.
Toulouse did not convert their possession into scores. Captain Paul O’Connell also noted this point that they started slowly, but gained momentum and just a few points and a pack-earned try gave Munster the half-time advantage and never lost it. The Euro final showed yet again our great love of sport and passion.
There are great individual stories about the game that will be told for the rest of the year. Our best local connection is Ian Dowling from across the river in Kilkenny but also with ties to Mullinavat. He had a great game on the left wing, getting in some great tackles against a strong Toulouse back line. Overall, a great game for Munster to savour.
It would be great to see Munster play in the RSC in September for one of the Celtic League games and inaugurate that fine new stand. Perhaps Minister Cullen and our Mayor might encourage such a match in the early autumn when the Heineken Cup could be brought to Waterford for display. A visit by players and the Cup to the local schools could also be much appreciated. We would hope to report progress on this issue in the coming months.