Billy Keane: 16th man turned 'The Shed' into Thomond Park
Munster took over 'The Shed'. This was no bicycle shed or even a turf shed, but the spiritual and physical home of Gloucester rugby. 'The Fields of Athenry' could be heard above the local anthems. 'Stand Up and Fight' stirred the Cotswold night. Close your eyes and put a clothes peg on your nose to keep out the smell of pork pies and this could have been Thomond.
The locals put tickets for sale on general release -- it was like feeding oats to a Trojan horse. The citadel was breached. Flights were cheap. There was no need to crusade the circuitous routes often taken by the Munster supporters via Bydgoszcz and Lappeenranta.
The players could see the fans strolling around Gloucester looking for bargains in the January sales; although I personally have never seen a Munster supporter in a shop.