Munster recorded another famous win over a kiwi touring side.
This may not have been a victory over the All Blacks, but given the side that took to the field, Munster’s win over the Maori has it’s place among the famous scalps the province have claimed over touring opposition.
The game started with the Maori honouring the late Anthony Foley, presenting a jersey with the letters AF on the back to his sons in a touching tribute.
A tribute that set a brilliant tone for such a fantastic contest.
Without their star internationals, Munster fielded an inexperienced side that didn’t look out of place against a team filled with Super Rugby regulars.
Ian Keatley arguably produced his best display since Munster beat Ulster in Belfast last season, while Robin Copeland was simply immense at the back of the scrum.
Both Scannell brothers were also exceptional, and look to have made massive strides under Rassie Erasmus this season. Darren Sweetnam added to his growing reputation, scoring a brilliant breakaway try from inside his own half.
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Jaco Taute once again demonstrated his raw power, while John Madigan and Darren O’Shea worked tirelessly in the conditions.
As much as the victory will be remembered by Munster fans, they will also come away from the game confident in the depth of talent now breaking into the first team.
Famous win for Munster at Thomond Park, 27-14 v Maori All-Blacks. Second Irish win over Kiwi opposition in 6 days! #MUNvMAB
— Colm Kinsella (@ckSportLeader) November 11, 2016
Think we all have to admit, Munster are well and truly back. #MUNvMAB
— Leinster PAGuy (@LeinsterPAGuy) November 11, 2016
Thing to remember is this win was done WITHOUT key players. Tyler rested other guys called up by Ireland. Bodes well #MUNvMAB
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