It was no surprise that Duncan Williams was on media duties this afternoon at the University of Limerick as Muster begin their final preparations for the visit of Zebre on Saturday.
Williams is in line to make his 150th appearance for the southern province this weekend and will join a special group of players who have crossed that milestone in recent times.
“My hairline is a bit of a giveaway at this point!”
Duncan Williams is set to make his 150th appearance for Munster on Saturday – great achievement! pic.twitter.com/rPNRoXHkrr
— Seán McMahon (@Sean_McMahon89) February 5, 2018
For Williams, it’s all about generating momentum over the next couple of weeks in the Guinness PRO14 so that when Munster’s Irish contingent return from Six Nations duty, there is a competitive and positive environment to welcome them as Toulon await in the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup.
Unsurprisingly, there was plenty of talk of Ireland’s exploits in Paris among the High-Performance Centre in UL this afternoon and when Williams was quizzed on those dramatic last seconds where Jonathan Sexton clinched Ireland’s victory, the Cork native joked that is the reason Sexton gets paid so much.
“I was in Mount Juliet on Saturday with my wife so we were watching the match. I thought it was done for to be honest with you but I suppose that’s why Sexton gets paid the big bucks! Last minute, last touch of the game…
“Yeah, it was [an incredible kick] to be fair, 42/43 metres…I wouldn’t be able to kick that standing not to mention a drop goal! So fair play to him.”
For Williams, he would have been keeping a keen eye on his Munster colleagues and he was happy to see CJ Stander provide a vital carry just before Conor Murray laid on an inch-perfect pass for Sexton to drop kick over the posts.
“Yeah I think CJ had a good carry just before and Conor’s pass was perfect and on the money as always so I was delighted to see them win, they deserve it, it was a hard-fought game.”
For Williams and the rest of the squad gathered in UL, their sole focus will be the visit of Michael Bradley’s Zebre on Saturday where they will be hoping to secure a bonus-point win to keep the positive mood going around Thomond Park.