Tuesday 21 November 2017

Hard to beat the confidence of regular wins

England's Elliot Daly scores a try. Photo: Reuters
England's Elliot Daly scores a try. Photo: Reuters

David Wallace

When a team gets used to winning they became a ruthless juggernaut, and to the opposition they seem unstoppable - just ask anyone who's lined out opposite Munster or England recently, writes David Wallace.

They are two teams on form, and no matter what happens during the 80 minutes, they always find a way to come out with the result. The similarities are uncanny at this stage, but hopefully from an Irish point of view England crack first.

Munster have come close to losing their brilliant winning streak on a few occasions this season. Edinburgh were the most recent to try their luck, but Blair Kinghorn's late penalty miss put paid to their chances in Myreside.

But still, throughout that game, it felt like there was only ever going to be one winner.

Fast-forward to Wales and England at the Principality Stadium last weekend, and the Welsh somehow threw away that game in the dying minutes when Elliot Daly crashed over for the winning try.

But you sensed it was coming, even the staunchest Welsh fan couldn't have argued that England were going to find a way through at some stage.

It proves how powerful confidence, and a winning run can become. Teams have an aura about them, and long may it last, for Munster anyway.

Irish Independent

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