Video: Irish Clubs & Their European Journey
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There was a sense of something special in the air a couple of weeks back at the Aviva after Joe Schmidt’s new era of Irish Rugby took the All Blacks to the very edge. A last minute try and conversion denied the Irish a famous win, but what was to come of this heroic performance?
The Heineken cup resumed this weekend and we got our answer. What an amazing weekend for the Irish. Ulster kicked off the weekend with a resounding 48-0 annihilation of Italian side Treviso. Next up Leinster traveled to Franklin’s Gardens to take on Premiership giants Northampton, and what a game we saw. Luke Fitzgerald bagged himself a hat-trick and Brian O’Driscoll showed us once again that he’s still one of the best with Leinster thumping the Saints 7-40 on their home soil. It was left to Munster and Connacht yesterday as they both took on French sides in Perpignan and Toulouse respectively. They didn’t disappoint. Munster bagged a third bonus point victory for the Irish when they ran in 5 tries versus Perpignan. A returning Keith Earl’s bagged himself the man of the match award as Munster came out 36-8 winners in front of a full house at Thomond Park. The result of the weekend for the Irish however has to go to Connacht. They recorded an amazing 14-16 win over former 4-time champions Toulouse in the French side’s backyard. They don’t come much bigger and tougher and Pat Lam’s side deserve all the credit.
The Irish are certainly on course for another possible Heineken Cup to add to their current tally of 6. Lets take a look back on the history of Irish clubs and their impact in European Rugby’s Premier Competition. #HeinekenCup #IrishLADS