Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I write about sport when I've nothing to whine about

Bock has, inevitably, put up a cracking post already on the Munster vs. All Blacks match last night. As someone who's lived in Leinster the last 16 years, with a Roscommon grandfather and a Belfast mother, I can pretty much claim allegiance to whatever province I feel like. But as a born Corkonian, who once uttered such gibberish as "He's some langer, like" without a trace of irony, it's always been with Munster that my heart has lain. (Fuck me, that was a cumbersome sentence.)

As anyone who saw the match can attest, Munster came bloody close to emulating the team of 30 years ago. And that would have been great because, let's face it, our constant harping on about a rugby match thirty years ago doesn't really speak volumes for our sporting pedigree as a nation. Munster's crowd lifted them to a scintillating display in the first half, and one of grim determination in the second - epitomising the word 'dogged'. Granted, if the All Blacks' out-half Stephen Donald hadn't been performing such a convincing impression of David Blunkett breaking in a new pair of ballet shoes then the margin might have been somewhat greater than the eventual 18-16 to the All Blacks, but this still takes nothing away from the herculean efforts of the Munster men, many of whom were pretty much dead on their feet by the end of the game. Rugby seems to be one of those sports where the concept of a 'glorious defeat' is still alive and well.

I'll finish with a video of munster's Kiwi contingent performing their own haka before the all Blacks did theirs, a couple of minutes that simultaneously summed up their patriotic pride and their passion for their adopted province. Spine-tingling.

7 comment(s):

Anonymous said...

That gave me the shivers. Amazing stuff.

Anonymous said...

Great match alright Andrew. Shame about the result for the Munsters.

I got in after the start of the match and hadn't seen that haka so thanks for sticking it up. Fantastic stuff. You just can't imagine Leinster players doing this with any credibility!

Anonymous said...

Didn't see it cos of the quiz but raging for them. Great vid.

Anonymous said...

I saw it :) most enjoyable match I've watched would have been so proud of the volume of rugby knowledge that appears to have rubbed off on me.

Andrew said...

Ms. Licious - yeah, it's great, isn't it?

narocroc - You're welcome. Not entirely my own work, RTE had alittle bit to do with it.

Anto - Was that the Father Ted quiz? Did you win? And please tell me Fr. Fintan Stack made an appearance, at least in t-shirt form.

Little Miss - I suppose you wouldn't have had much choice, what with having a Limerick flatmate.
I look forward to discussing the new ELVs and the merits of a rolling maul over a driving maul with you.

Anonymous said...

That moustache.

Hubba Hubba.

Andrew said...

RPs - You're not wrong. He's called Jeremy Manning, but I didn't know that at the start of the game. I also didn't realise that he was a substitute, and spent about 50 minutes of the game straining my eyes for one more view of the man with the glorious 'tache.
He's an inspiration to us all. You should grow one too. Like Lottie's.