The prescient comment was by Baggy I think. We are dumb as f*ck against teams like Munster, who played their own game and drew us into a dogfight. Given the similar issues we had against Connacht with Owens at scrum time, we learned nothing and didn't prepare. I need to watch it again on TV, so going from memory, Black was done at least twice, once for ridiculously and allegedly dropping Archer despite Ulster attacking their put in on their 22- take a look at Archers bind. Then once from not driving straight when he popped the deckchair. Think there was an early engage also.
Point is we approached the scrums in exactly the same way as when we were blew off the park in Galwey. Also, Ryan changed the scrum when he came on. Much better than the so-called killer. Herbst and especially Ross struggled, and our goose was cooked. Munster did what Munster do, smarts up front much too good for our pack which goes MIA against them continually.
Tactically as well, we battered away with little effect on their flat defence instead of mixing it up and turning them from kicks behind. They had an armchair ride most of the time until we opened with some of our more creative moves. Reckon we left a least 2 tries out their, both down to Tommy, who's not playing at top of his game IMO. Ironically, they never looked like scoring a try until we went to 14.
And as usual, mix of poor throwing, and not challenging their ball gave them the advantage at lineout time to do what they do best. We ceded the areas we needed to gain parity at least, and from that POV, and the fact that we showed guts and still drew, says a lot for how dumb we really are.
Say what you want about Nige's decision, but Hendo was stupid to give him the opportunity.
I also say this, apart from ROM, none of the other Munter players seemed to get too exercised about Hendo's challenge. I even saw POM after looking puzzled when red was shown tbf. So kudos there.
PJ my MOM for Ulster. Stander overall. We need another HEC class tighthead and some top class back rowers/ 8's and quick.
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