DONAL LENIHAN: If the playing personnel isn’t going to change at Munster, the game plan must

Munster’s Andrew Conway cuts a frustrated figure after the Champions Cup semi-final defeat to Saracens. Is it time for Conway to start at full-back? Picture: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

The worry at half-time was that, having sized up what Munster had to offer in attack, Saracens would go for broke, just as they did against Glasgow in similar circumstances in the quarter-final, and back their superior attacking game to put daylight between the teams. That is exactly what transpired.

- 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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