15 Apr 14
The Squad trained in UL today ahead of what is now a must-win interprovincial derby away to Connacht if Munster are to secure qualification for the knock-out stages of the RaboDirect PRO12.
"They were brilliant. We couldn't hear ourselves think never mind talk. But I remember thinking, how could we let these people down now. It was a collective thing. I looked at Wally and Hayes and knew they were thinking the same." "It was like a massive wave of sound crashing in on the field. When you're playing it's different. If it's a lineout, it's like would they shut up a minute until I hear the call. And you don't really get the whole effect. You'll hear the noise. Sometimes its sporadic, sections of the crowd, maybe nearest where the action is. But on Friday looking at them, they were all roaring their support, the whole stadium. It was just fantastic. And I have no doubt it made all the difference at that stage when we were down to 14 and they were going at us in the scrum."
"Never experienced anything like it. Anywhere in the world," was Wian du Preez's reaction. "Ya, it was awesome, just awesome, right throughout the game but towards the end unreal. The crowd support that night is something I will keep with me forever."
"Of course I am sad to be going home. I couldn't have asked for a better send off and to this team and those wonderful supporters I say Thank you."