Gerry Thornley: Provinces should be wary of historic turnarounds
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Munster’s Rhys Marshall scores a try against Leicester last Saturday. Munster know well a wounded Tiger can be a dangerous animal. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.
In the build-up to Sunday’s meeting between Harlequins and Ulster, the former’s Director of Rugby John Kingston recalled a conversation he had with Paul O’Connell. It was some time after the European Cup quarter-final between the London club and Munster at the Stoop in 2013. Kingston had tweaked the Quins lineout, as he’d been unhappy with some aspects of it, and O’Connell revealed to Kingston that this had thrown him and his Munster team-mates after weeks of analysing.
Kingston cited this as an example of how the Irish provinces begin eyeing European games weeks in advance. By contrast, he reckoned, the English and French clubs operate on more of a week-per-week basis.