Two weeks to the day since their crushing Heineken Champions Cup exit at the hands of Toulouse, Munster will return to the scene of their heartache.
There has barely been time to lick their wounds but that could be a blessing in disguise when Munster travel back up the M7 on Saturday to take on Leinster at the Aviva Stadium.
For Ben Healy, in particular, this weekend is a chance to banish his demons, even though the blame for Munster’s defeat should not rest squarely at the feet of the young out-half.
Rather than focus on Healy’s missed kicks, the Munster coaches will have recognised in their video review that they had enough chances in open play to beat Toulouse before the dramatic penalty shoot-out unfolded.
Like Ronan O’Gara and many of the other great out-halves before him, Healy endured a difficult afternoon with the boot on a big occasion, but how he responds will define him.
That he doesn’t have to wait too long to get a shot at redemption, especially at the Aviva, should help the 22-year-old, who looks to have the temperament to take it all in his stride and bounce back.
Johann van Graan will have no hesitation throwing Healy back into the heat of battle, as the Munster head coach believes the Tipperary native has reacted well to the disappointment.
“He’s a true professional,” Van Graan said. “Most of the quality tens want the ball in those situations. We had a good chat about it straight after the game on Saturday evening when we all travelled back, with Ben, Joey (Carbery) and Conor (Murray) – the guys that were in that position.
“We spoke about . . . if you look at the footage, one kicker from each side kind of standing on their own.
“They said it was a very unique experience. All six of them went through the same kind of thing. Look, that’s part and parcel of being a goal-kicker. They want the ball and Ben certainly wants to play and he certainly wants to get into those positions again.
“That’s the only way you learn. For us as a group, we win together and we lose together. It was a very unique experience and we will be all the better for it. You just have to look at some of the things that were on Netflix from quality teams during lockdown, and kind of learn from them and learn from other goal-kickers specifically.
“A lot of guys have played and a lot of guys have missed. It’s about wanting that opportunity to kick it over.
Despite being handed a major setback by Toulouse, Van Graan is adamant that Munster are in a good place, as they look to beat Leinster in Dublin and secure a home quarter-final in the URC.
“We’ve had some continuity, we’ve had multiple games now together as a squad,” the Munster head coach added.
“You also learn. I think we’ve made one or two adjustments specifically after that game. We’ve had some momentum.
“The Toulouse game was pretty gutting that we didn’t move forward but in terms of momentum and the way we play, obviously there is growth for us in each part of the game.
“But as a collective, we feel that we are playing pretty good rugby at this stage of the season.”
United Rugby Championship: Benetton v Cardiff, Stadio Monigo, 6.0, Premier Sport 2; Ulster v Sharks, Kingspan Stadium, 7.35, TG4/BBC 2/Premier Sport 1; Ospreys v Bulls, Liberty Stadium, 8.10, Premier Sport 2
United Rugby Championship: Dragons v Lions, Rodney Parade, 3.0, Premier Sport 2; Connacht v Zebre Parma, The Sportsground, 5.0, RTÉ 2/Free Sports; Scarlets v Stormers, Parc y Scarlets, 5.10, Premier Sport 2; Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors, BT Murrayfield, 6.30, Premier Sport 1; Leinster v Munster, Aviva Stadium, 7.15, TG4/Premier Sport 2