Saturday 20 January 2018

TWICKENHAM

Ireland at the

top table

May 20, 2006:

Munster 23

Biarritz 19

Third time lucky for Munster as they finally consummated their love affair with the Heineken Cup on a day of wild emotions in Cardiff, when legends Mick Galwey and Peter Clohessy crowded the post-match celebrations.

Centre Trevor Halstead and a stunning solo effort from Peter Stringer (above) , who embarrassed early try-scorer Sireli Bobo on the blindside, gave Munster a 17-10 buffer at the break that they just about managed to cling on to.

Munster -- S Payne; A Horgan, J Kelly, T Halstead, I Dowling; R O'Gara, P Stringer; M Horan, J Flannery, J Hayes; D O'Callaghan, P O'Connell; D Leamy, D Wallace, A Foley (capt). Reps: D Fogarty, F Pucciariello, M O'Driscoll, A Quinlan, T O'Leary, J Manning, R Henderson.

Biarritz -- N Brusque; J-B Gobelet, P Bidabe, D Traille, S Bobo; J Peyrelongue, D Yachvili; P Balan, B August, C Johnson, J Thion, D Couzinet, S Betsen, I Harinordoquy, T Lievremont (capt). Reps: B Noirot, B Lecouls, O Olibeau, T Dusautoir, M Carizza, J Dupuy, F Martin Arramburu.

Ref -- Chris White

Tweet of the day

HEASLIP'S NAKED TRUTH:

Just finished up phone interviews for @GuinnessIreland pretty fun, thank god though it wasn't video phones #nakedwednesdays Jamie Heaslip reveals all

Number of the day

49

Johann Muller's line-out takes reflect his dominance of an impressive Ulster set-piece this season in the Heineken Cup.

Quote of the day

"These are the weeks you play rugby for. A lot on the line, silverware at the end of it and a juggernaut of a team standing in front of us."

Jamie Heaslip on the challenge presented by Heineken Cup final opponents Ulster.

Did you know?

The team of the season based on Amlin's Opta index is -- Foden (Northampton); Sivivatu (Clermont), Pisi (Northampton), Davies (Scarlets), Simpson-Daniel (Gloucester); Sexton (Leinster), Yachvili (Biarritz); Cross (Edinburgh), Ford (Edinburgh), Healy (Leinster); Cox (Edinburgh), Gray (Glasgow); Wood (Northampton), O'Mahony (Munster), Talei (Edinburgh).

David Kelly

Irish Independent

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