Nagle revels in famous win
Magical Munster gave Irish rugby a much-needed fillip ahead of their weekend All Blacks Test with a memorable fourth win against the touring Australia at a rain-drenched Thomond Park yesterday, writes David Kelly.
Out-half Paul Warwick, released by the Australians after earning only one cap at Sevens level, was the hero, kicking all 15 points in the memorable 15-6 win in front of a near capacity crowd.
But it was a clutch of unheralded young stars who demonstrated that the next generation of Munster is speeding along the conveyor belt, with tyros such as Ian Nagle, Peter O'Mahony and Duncan Williams delivering outstanding displays.
"We're delighted we won," said Buttevant native Nagle, Man of the Match in Munster's first win against the Wallabies at Thomond Park. "It was freezing out there, but we're delighted with the win.
"We wanted to perform like we did against the All Blacks two years ago and we're delighted to be part of history. I can live off this now."
"It's particularly satisfying for me," said Warwick, "matching up against younger Australian players coming through. But the forwards won the game hands down, they deserve all the plaudits. This showed that there is depth in Munster, these guys can step up."
Captain James Coughlan played in that All Blacks defeat two years ago. "That was a springboard for us," he said. "It was an opportunity for many of us to show how good we could be, how proud we are to wear the Munster jersey. I'm so proud."