Munster prove trying to sidestep red mist ain’t as easy as it looks

Castres’ gameplan against Munster was pretty crude, if successful, says Ronan O'Gara.

I was about to tweet something last Sunday morning watching the Munster game in Castres but managed to stop myself. Down here in New Zealand, they call it being ‘in the red’. I’ve been that soldier. When the opposition is intent on bating you into submission, you are not getting any assistance or protection from the officials and the red mist isn’t so much descending as enveloping you, and everything you do.

Denis Leamy would have been very good in those situations. He might wander into the red, but when he strayed there, he was excellent at channeling it in the right way. That was especially praiseworthy when you remember the position he played and the confrontations he faced every minute. 

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