Once the fabled ‘Wolf-pack’ defence had finished crushing the Irish resistance, the men who had manned the barricades looked forward to their break.
In recent years, it has become a familiar routine — hard graft punctuated by precious down-time. Together. United.
The European champions left six of their frontliners back home for this assignment but they were more than a match for their fully-loaded hosts for the duration of this rain-soaked slugfest.
Edinburgh struggle to tackle Paul O’Connell as he goes on a run.
Castres drew level in the ninth minute through Taylor Paris, but from thereon in the Devonians were unstoppable.
With Tomas Francis providing a powerful platform at the scrum, the backs ripped open the slow French defence.
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Even at 29-3 down Gloucester were far from finished but were powerless to come back into it
Bleyendaal nailed his toughest kick from 45 metres out, rewarding a leg-pumping run from Zebo, and thomo 67 the margin was out to 12 points after Slater infringed at a lineout and the Munster fly-half did the rest.
It was only a fortnight ago that Len Dinneen, the veteran Live95 rugby commentator who has covered the province for decades and reported on Foley’s career the whole way through, finally caught up with his old pal for the first time this season. Little could either have known it would be their final proper chat.
Simon Zebo and Andrew Conway both crossed twice as Munster dominated their Champions Cup dead rubber against a young Sale outfit at Thomond Park.
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