24 Apr 14
The last week has seen Munster fans 'face-off' literally in a quest to win a trip to Marseille for Munster's Heineken Cup semi-final against Toulon.
Because in both cases, it would show that it's not the dog in the fight, but the fight in the dog that can carry the day.
Ireland are underdog today although not to the extent Munster were on Tuesday or to a greater degree they were in 2008. But surely the brains trust that oversee our national side will find a few common denominators that can be used to good advantage today ?
Or maybe they've had a word with the man who masterminded both those performances Tony McGahan ?
Factor out the weather last Tuesday. Forget about the atmosphere in TPS in 2008. Rather focus on the Munster performance, individually and collectively and therein perhaps lies the route to success this evening.
Ireland: R Kearney; T Bowe, B O'Driscoll capt, G D'Arcy, L Fitzgerald; J Sexton, E Reddan; C Healy, R Best, T Court; D O'Callaghan, M O'Driscoll; S Ferris, D Wallace, J Heaslip. Replacements: S Cronin, J Hayes, D Toner, D Leamy, P Stringer, R O'Gara, K Earls.
All Blacks: M Muliaina; C Jane, C Smith, M Nonu, H Gear; D Carter, A Ellis; T Woodcock, H Elliott, O Franks; A Boric, T Donnelly; J Kaino, R McCaw capt, K Read. Replacements: A Hore, J Afoa, S Whitelock, L Messam, A Matthewson, S Donald, S Williams.