A selection of the “keyboard warrior” reactions after the full-time whistle of our featured matches of the weekend.
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Sean Michaels I had been critical of the Leinster defence re the last couple of games but now I see it was just a cunning plan put out in readiness for this game. The boys in blue were superb and had an answer for everything that Munster threw at them. Wouldn’t want to pick any individual out as it was just an amazing team effort. Amazing to think of the calibre of players coming out of the academy, some of them looked like they should still be playing schoolboy rugby. The future looks very very bright indeed.
Derek McGee Clearly, Leinster's defence was under the microscope after an uncharacteristic off day against Ulster. Whatever was said/roared to them after that match, it was message received. A titanic effort from Fardy, Toner, Connors, Porter & Cronin when he came on. A word too for Rowan Osborne. Thrown in at the deep end unexpectedly but I thought he acquitted himself exceptionally well. Clearly, Munster were under orders to pressure the scrum half & Frank Murphy did little to protect scrum half play throughout the game (in fairness, he was equally negligent in this regard for both sides) but I thought Rowan dealt with the pressure admirably. A fine display from him & I look forward to seeing more of him as the Pro14 season goes along.
Munster showed some liathroidi but could play for a week and would break that blue wall! Massive shift from the @leinsterrugby ‘kids’ ! Big balls big result! We march on! #MUNvLEIN— Keego (@nkeegan) December 28, 2019
Conor Cronin What a result. Leinster played against the wind far better than munster did, they kept kicking into it, Leinster held onto it. You can't win if you don't have the ball.
And that defense.... Good grief you'd be driven demented trying to get through that. Tackle count must be huge but hearing 23 and none missed for Connors. What a player.
Huge credit as well to Osbourne, coming in to the starting line up on the day and played excellently. 13... Unlucky for some, But Leinster make their own luck
Andrew Potts That win was probably forged in the weeks when Toner was not in Japan. Those weeks working with the young lads and Fardy has really added an edge to the Leinster pack. They defended like dogs yet all the housekeeping was done.
Ah lads! This Leinster team. Unstoppable #MUNvLEIN— Sarah Lennon (@sarahlennon08) December 28, 2019
Elaine Cully Young lads proving yet again the standard of Leinster acadamy is miles ahead of other provinces. Serious well done to Rowan Osborne who came in last minute. How many of those lads will Munster be looking for over the next few years!
Richard Collumb Great performance especially the defense in the last 10 minutes- strength in depth and mental toughness of this team is amazing.
Doris MOTM Another massive shift. Though Osborne did really well too especially given the pressure and attention he received in the first half #MUNvLEI— JackieMc (@Jackiem23) December 28, 2019
Kevin Kelehan Highest risk of loss since the last Heino final, yet another win. Get your money on Ireland for the Six Nations
Noel Hewson Win streak continues. Great defence and unbelievable how many changes they can now make week in week out.
Leinster just brought too much physicality up front. They were winning most of the collisions, and it showed.Man for man, size was a real issue for us #MUNvLEI
— Three Red Kings (@threeredkings) December 28, 2019
Gerald Williamson It was like a gladiators dogfight seeing who was going to come out on top. Great baptism for some of the new guys. That Leinster defence to keep out the Munster onslaught in the last quarter of the match was something else.
Paul Smith Last game of the decade and what a lovely way to finish it. Here's to the next 10, hopefully they'll be as successful. Allez Les Bleus !!!
Very impressed with Osborne. Unfazed by the occasion. Calm and controlled. #MUNvLEI— Brendan Hurley (@brendanhurley) December 28, 2019
Andy Comer No Munster try at home.
A tough and well fought battle.
Could hear the bones crunching on the Refs mike, no excuses or shame, a really good game.
DeeDee O'Malley Fantastic game, very exciting. You just have to love Cronin x
I love Thomond Park but tonight’s display was pretty poor, Leinster were only denied a bigger win by their own errors. Cronin made a huge difference when introduced at 9, Lineout poor again #MUNvLEI pic.twitter.com/jjxA9atWzy— Mike O'Halloran (@StageandSport) December 28, 2019
Richard Mifsud Last week, despite the big win, we rightly bitched about our D. Well guess what the boys were doing throughout the week 🤷🏻♂️. It’s been described as scrappy and gritty by both sides but I tell you this both sets of players learned an awful lot about themselves last night not least the youngsters of which there were plenty on show. I for one absolutely loved the match (and result) but most importantly for me was seeing our youngsters stand up and fight (sorry 😜) in a torrid environment. We managed the conditions far better than Munster did and that, coupled with our defence was the difference. I thought the ref was ok I thought the commentary team was ridiculously and unnecessarily biased and as far as the boys in blue are concerned standouts for me Caelan Doris, Will Connors, Josh Murphy, Ross Byrne, the Scott and Dev double act, the O’Brien centres and a special mention for Rowan Osborne...what a prospect!!! We end the decade on a high. Happy New Year everyone and #COYBIB
Noel Cuddy James Lowe is a great 6, 7, 12, 13
Fair Play to Frank Murphy, I was worried before kick off but no major decisions were missed, he was relatively consistent all night and let the match come down to which team had the best defence, which was @leinsterrugby #MUNvLEI— John (@johnsopinionok) December 28, 2019
Ronan McManus Pick a cliche
"one for the purists"
Dave Murray YOU SHALL NOT PASS.
Unlucky with the result but as a munster supporter i am so proud of how Jack O'Donoghue, Fineen Wycherley and Rory Scannell played today. They gave it their all 🔴🔴🔴#MUNvLEI— Megan Gough (@Megang797) December 28, 2019
David Harold Good job the game wasn't played in the commentary box, otherwise leinster wouldn't have stood a chance.
Colin Mcconaghie Poor game from a neutral point of view, Munster very one dimensional and lacking any plan B
— Colin Deane (@TwoLions22) December 28, 2019
Louis Hoffman Two B teams.
Disrespect to the sellout 26,000 and all the fans watching on TV.
Enough, they have rested players so much that they cannot get into form from just playing.
The other 7 world cup quarter finalists did not 🤔
Who is this David Nucifora anyway
David Ryle Great performance from the boys in blue.
Build a lead with the wind, bring it home without it. Tough job well done by Leinster. Munster kept us pinned back well but couldn't convert - might have preferred more goes at us from further out? Thought Osborne coped extremely well. Super way to end to a decade. #MUNvLEI— Harpin' On Rugby 🏉 (@HarpinOnRugby) December 28, 2019
Many thanks to all who offered opinions.
Look out Monday for our match writeup JLP