Munster’s 32-7 win over Racing 92 on Saturday afternoon was a fitting performance to send off former head coach Anthony Foley in style.
Foley was pronounced dead just hours before the previous scheduled fixture between these two sides back in October, suffering an acute pulmonary oedema at the Munster team hotel in Paris, and on a day which caused so much heartache and grief, Munster were able to lift spirits with a dominating display at the Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir.
First-half tries from Simon Zebo, CJ Stander and Andrew Conway, coupled with a second half pushover from Niall Scanell, ensured Munster a bonus point win in Paris against a hapless Racing side.
Racing flanker Matthieu Voisin scored a late consolation try to ensure the hosts would not see out the game scoreless, but in reality, this game was over as a contest by half time, as Racing blatantly lacked any sort of intensity or drive.
However, nevertheless, Munster continued their excellent run of form notching their ninth win from their last ten games, and the reaction was overtly positive from the Munster faithful.
— Catriona O'Connell (@threediamonds3) January 7, 2017
Look, Racing were awful. But Munster made them look desperate here #R92vMUN
— Three Red Kings (@threeredkings) January 7, 2017
Munster continuously doing Axel so, so proud. Amazing stuff
— Aisling Fagan (@aislingfagan_) January 7, 2017
FT Racing 92 7 Munster 32; Classic away day effort, albeit against champs turned chumps; Glasgow away effective decider now.
— david kelly (@dk3lly) January 7, 2017
— Eimear Hurley (@eimearhurley) January 7, 2017
That's a great result from Munster there today, from what I am sure was a very emotional occasion,
— Paddy Reynolds (@paddyreynolds) January 7, 2017
What a performance from @Munsterrugby that was a performance Axel would have been proud of
— Paul O' Sullivan (@PaulOSuMunster) January 7, 2017
— Тоny (@TonyKB777) January 7, 2017
A performance that would make Axel proud #Munster
— Ian McDonnell (@ianomc22) January 7, 2017
— Darren Bayliss (@DarrenBayliss_) January 7, 2017
Jack O’Toole, Pundit Arena