The St. Stephen’s Day fixture between Munster and Leinster at Thomond Park had everything you wanted from an interprovincial fixture between two of Europe’s top sides.
A sold-out crowd, healthy away support, eight tries, a yellow card, an almost incredible comeback and of course, one of the tries of the season which proved to be the match winner.
As you have probably seen already, Leinster’s Jordan Larmour scored his side’s fourth try of the game just over 10 minutes from the full-time whistle which proved to be the insurance score. Before Larmour announced himself on one of the biggest of stages, Munster had scored two tries from Andrew Conway and Ian Keatley to reduce the deficit to just eight points.
However, just when it looked like Munster were turning the screw on their bitter rivals, a loose kick to Larmour was perfectly punished by the youngster who began his run just outside his own 22, danced his way through numerous tackles and dotted down to stun the home crowd into silence.
Everyone in Thomond Park, including the home support couldn’t help but be impressed with such an incredible individual try and it seems possible that even the referee, Nigel Owens, was one of many admirers. The below clip from TG4, who broadcasted Tuesday’s game, seems to have some sort of link to Owens’ referee mic.
— Spórt TG4 (@SportTG4) December 26, 2017
If you listen very carefully, you hear an audible gasp once Larmour side-steps Ian Keatley which appears to come from the referee’s mic.
We must admit, it’s pretty cool to see even referees be impressed by such individual brilliance on the pitch and as we know, Owens was very much delighted with both sides in the way the game was played.
That was one of the great games of @PRO14Official rugby. Huge credit to Munster & Leinster on playing a brilliant game of rugby. It was a pleasure to referee it and credit to all the players for making it so. The game of rugby was the winner today.
— Nigel Owens MBE (@Nigelrefowens) December 26, 2017