- Donal Lenihan: Irish Examiner, April 24, 2017
We’ve been down this road before, on seven different occasions now since Paul O’Connell, in tandem with Ronan O’Gara, lifted the Heineken Cup aloft in Cardiff 11 years ago after Munster beat the tournament’s greatest side to that point in a memorable 16-13 win over Toulouse.
That was a special group of players, with 11 of Munster’s match-day squad that day going on to feature in Ireland’s Grand Slam winning squad back in Cardiff 10 months later.
It’s been difficult for Munster to reach those heights since but, slowly and surely, gradual gains have been made. Reaching the last four in Europe, three years in a row, is no mean feat. What other clubs in Europe would give to be able to match that level of consistency.
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