With the confidence that comes from being a Munster supporter, we booked our trip back in January. So there’s no last minute searching for match tickets or accommodation. Just pack the bags and we’re ready to go.
Munster vs Toulouse – the dream final. Will the dream continue for Munster? Hard to say. Toulouse have an unbelievable Heineken Cup record. But then again so do Munster. We may not have won it as many times, but this is our fourth final, and we have the experience of being here and done that.
The core of the team is the same as that in 2006, but with the added benefit of a much better back line. Mafi, Tipoki, Howlett. These names are enough to strike fear into any team. Then add in the likes of Paul O’Connell, Anthony Foley, Ronan O’Gara, Dennis Leamy, Jerry Flannery. Toulouse will recognise that the Munster squad displays quality in every position.
On the other hand, Toulouse can bring players like Elissalde, Heymans, Pelous, Albacete. All giants of the game.
So it’s not going to be easy, but it is going to be a titanic battle, there is no doubt about that.
After all of that though, I think there are three things that will push the match Munster’s way: 60,000+ Munster supporters, Declan Kidney leaves Munster to take over as Ireland coach, and Anthony Foley plays the last game of his career in a Heineken Cup Final. Sport doesn’t get much more romantic than that. What more could you want?
I can’t wait.
Munster all the way.