Munster and Toulouse book their place in Heineken Cup final

Munster edged past Saracens to join Toulouse in the Heineken Cup final, who had beaten London Irish on Saturday.

Both games were gripping to watch, and could have gone either way, but the prospect of Munster against Toulouse is what all the neutrals were hoping for.

We’ll have full reaction later in the week, but for now, let us know where you think the games were won and lost? Did the English sides deserve to go out?

2 thoughts on “Munster and Toulouse book their place in Heineken Cup final

  1. I wonder if at least some of the neutrals might have liked to have seen a new name in the final, and some of the unsung Saracens get their day in a big final?

    Having said that I wasn’t neutral, I was at the Ricoh – a splendid ground really making an effort for the fans – and backing Sarries all the way. They played heroically and the theoretical dominance of the Munster pack never really materialised, but Munster are just a really cussed team and no-one’s better when things get tight.

    Contrast with Saracens and a few key mistakes and, right at the death, they lacked the clinical instinct of England in the final minute in Sydney 22/11/03 to control the ball and execute a winning score.

    Shame on Jerry Flannery for patting Richard Hill on the head after he’d overbalanced at a ruck and conceded a penalty. Get yourself a World Cup winners medal Jerry, then come back to us with your condescending gestures.

    Some interesting conundra (!) for the legal anoraks from this one – a conversion is flagged away by the touch judges, but referred to the TMO on appeal by the kicker?! And if you’ve subbed one of your props due to injury, then the remaining two get binned, the injured bloke has to come back on in place of a fit back row man even though the scrum still isn’t able to be contested? Even the officials on the sidelines didn’t seem to know what to do here.

    But this was a gripping game with a superb atmosphere and further enhanced the reputation of the HC. It really does refresh the parts other tournaments cannot reach. Well done to Munster, and commiserations to the losers, especially Richard Hill, ‘the dowager of English rugby’ as one scribe called him last month. I hope he can patch his body together for a final home game for Saracens, (and maybe even a half for the Baa-baas?), but then feel it is right for him to call it a day on his own terms with head held high.

  2. Bringing an old issue to this thread so apologies if anyone is bored of it already but why on earth are the IRB persisting with trying to change the laws when the existing ones create two exciting matches like these ones? There is nothing wrong with the game, it will not be “improved” by 32 law changes (or however many it is!) so leave it be!
    I think the two better teams won at the weekend but for both the underdogs to come within a score must have been gutting for them and their supporters. One thing i would have done differently had i been in the L Irish coaching team would have been to bring on some forward substitutes when most of their pack was walking around the pitch from 60mins onwards. They were all knackered and i think only Leguizamon came on from the bench!

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