Seamus Coleman is expected to take the first steps on the road to his recovery from a sickening double leg fracture when he leaves hospital today.
Defiance sounds out through Seán O’Donoghue’s every word; he doesn’t just have belief, he bristles with it.
The fabled Icelandic thunderclap might have reverberated around Lansdowne Road now and again but, in truth, this was a game which represented the calm after the storm, on the temperature scale a production rather closer to ice than the fire of Friday’s torrid affair.
Do not tell Peter O’Mahony that Munster have regained a rightful place in the European quarter-finals this weekend, the Reds captain is adamant his side is fully deserving of their place in the Champion Cup knockout rounds.
So much has changed since Munster set out on their inaugural fixture in this season’s Champions Cup campaign that it’s difficult to grasp that they now sit just 80 minutes away from an appearance in the semi-final stage of the tournament.
A strong start and eliminating victory-killing rounds will be the key to Rory McIlroy finally donning a green jacket at Augusta National.
Barry Geraghty will have to wait a few more days before finding out whether he will be given the all-clear to return to action in time for next week’s Randox Health Grand National meeting.
Sometime in the not distant future, they will become the Las Vegas Raiders. Until then, likely in 2020, Mark Davis’ team belongs to Oakland. Well, sort of.