A familiar tale as Munster must do things the hard way again

Round four of Heineken Champions Cup action, coming as it does before the Christmas break, is crucial in so many ways, writes Donal Lenihan.

With four weeks to ponder the outcome, it sets the mood heading into the New Year.

On that basis alone, Munster’s charter flight from Castres last Saturday night would have been a pretty muted affair. Win, and the sounds of Christmas carols make for a giddy journey home. By losing a frustrating game that was well within the team’s capacity to win, all that greets a protracted trip home is the sound of silence.

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