In terms of possession and territory the stats will show that they dominated. They probably also came out on top in terms of the number of clean line breaks they made but Munsterâ00s defence was good both up front and out wide.
In the opening half their out-half Mark McHugh was narrowly wide with a penalty that would have left them adrift by just three points but in the second half conditions forced McHugh to go for the line rather than the posts
Mind you, Oâ00Gara landed his first from wide on the left in the opening half into the wind and afterwards professed himself happy enough with the performance, â00 It was a huge game for us obviously given the League standings and it was always going to be close. I donâ00t think people give them (Connacht) the credit they deserve but we were never in any doubt about how tough it was going to be. In fairness they put together a lot of consistent phases and they made us scrap for every bit of possession. So I think weâ00d have to be very happy overall.
â00It was also important in the context of next weekend. Getting that game under our belts will help us identify the areas we need to work on and hopefully leave us in good shape for Cardiff.â0
Munster are now one point behind Connacht in the Magners League table and next up in the league is the home game against Leinster (Dec 27th) followed by a trip to the Sportsground on New Yearâ00s Eve.
After this performance, Connacht will fancy their chances and Leinsterâ00s eye-catching display in Ravenhill, where they were unlucky not to take full points, means that December â00 that includes back-to-back games with Cardiff Blues - will go a long way in defining Munsterâ00s season.