Wednesday, December 12, 2007
When Munsters Lifeimi Mafi put in his brilliant chase to stop Llanelli's Dwayne Peel , the weather was still good enough to actually see what was going on.
But later in the game, the rain began to pour down on 30 freezing players and one sopping referee. The Kiwis will enjoy seeing Mr. Wayne Barnes shivering like that I'm sure.
As the hail got worsh, Barnes decided he'd had enough and tried to convince the players that it was time to leave the field. They clearly weren't interested though funnily enough. Ronan O'Gara made a comment which couldn't be heard unfortunately, but to me it looked like they were having fun out there, well, as much fun as you can have in the middle of a Tsunami anyway.
Ridiculously cold and miserable I'm sure, and I bet a few of our rugby friends from around the world will be able to associate with playing in those conditions. I've seen footage of guys happily playing in snow, with it coming down hard!
But for a top flight game to have to be played in that mess cannot be good for anyone. Play did continue moments later though as the rain eased up a little bit.
Tight passing and thorough ball control were key, as the pitch became a bit of a swimming pool in parts.
Munster held on to win 29-16.