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18-12-2019, 09:57   #1
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Matches / Moments of the Decade

Saw this somewhere else and thought it might be a good shout for a thread.

From an Irish perspective, there's a few obvious and notable ones, but I'm sure I'm forgetting plenty. In no particular order:

1. Vs New Zealand in Soldier Field for our first every victory again them.
2. Vs England in Twickenham for the Grand Slam.
3. Vs Australia and France in the 2011 and 2015 RWC's.
4. Vs France for the first of Schmidt's 3 6 Nations titles
5. Vs Scotland in 2015 in what is probably the best day of rugby I've ever witnessed.

Interestingly, all of those matches were played away from home or in a neutral venue.

From a Munster point of view, all the memorable ones to me came in Thomond; beating Northampton after 100,000 phases, hammering Toulouse, Conway with a late try to beat Toulon and the game against Glasgow the week after Anthony Foley's death.
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18-12-2019, 10:02   #2
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For Ireland it was the win in Twickenham for the grand slam IMO. That was Ireland's peak of the 2010s.

For Ulster it would be beating Munster in the Heineken quarters.
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For Connacht it must be the Pro14 Final win and Leinster probably the Northamption Sexton-inspired comeback?
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1. Vs New Zealand in Soldier Field for our first every victory again them.
2. Vs England in Twickenham for the Grand Slam.
3. Vs Australia and France in the 2011 and 2015 RWC's.
4. Vs France for the first of Schmidt's 3 6 Nations titles
5. Vs Scotland in 2015 in what is probably the best day of rugby I've ever witnessed.
I was at 4 of those 6 and I'd agree

The first home win over NZ was also a great event

I'd add (somewhat pettily but who cares) overcoming a bad run in 2017 to win over England to stop their back to back Grand Slams


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From a Munster point of view, all the memorable ones to me came in Thomond; beating Northampton after 100,000 phases, hammering Toulouse, Conway with a late try to beat Toulon and the game against Glasgow the week after Anthony Foley's death
unfortunately this only reflects the lack of any key knockout away win in Europe - far too many lost semi finals

The win over Leinster last December is memorable for the atmosphere and return of a proper fiery local derby in pro14
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For Leinster, it must be the 2011 final against saints.
22 - 6 down at half time, to be followed by one of the best comeback ever.

Id closely match that with the away win in clermont the following year. The game was an absolute cracker of the highest order and leinster finally sealed their reputation of european royalty with an away win in france against a top class side. Thanks Fofana for too many flexor arm days in the gym.
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For Ireland, for me it was beating NZ at the Aviva and the moment is either final whistle in that game or else Stockdale's try.

For Ulster, I agree with awec, Ulster's win over Munster in Thomond and Gilroy's try was pretty special. Hugh Farrelly is still upset about it!
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Maybe not best moments but certainly some of the most memorable ones of the decade would have to be Bloodgate and Umaga's tackle on BOD on the Lions tour.
I hate to break it to you....

Best moment for me Muldoon lifting the Pro 12 trophy, closely followed by the 2014 6 Nations and the scenes in the sportsground after the semi final against Glasgow.

Kockott kicking the ball out against england and celebrating like he had won the world cup and Henshaw sealing the win in Chicago right up there as well, and finally Bundee finding the corner to end the Thomond hoodoo

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Totally forgot about Le Drop. Post world cup malaise had just removed all good Memories of the last few years for the moment!

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Maybe not best moments but certainly some of the most memorable ones of the decade would have to be Bloodgate and Umaga's tackle on BOD on the Lions tour.
Eh...

I have some bad news for you.
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Yeah I completely forgot with decade we're in, ignore me.
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Yeah I completely forgot with decade we're in, ignore me.
Take comfort in the fact you aren't alone.
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18-12-2019, 11:33   #11
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From a personal perspective I’d like to add the Ireland Italy match in Dunedin in 2011.

Basically 20000 pissed Irish fans in an enclosed roof stadium creating a ridiculous atmosphere.

Followed that night by meeting Parisse and Castrogiovani in the nightclub and doing yagerbombs with them!!!

Ah the good old days.
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In club, the Leinster/Northampton match in 2011 is the first that springs to my mind anyway

International match, well its hard to beat SA and Japan RWC 2015. Just a complete WTF result and a cracking game to boot
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This. Nothing even comes close.

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Being there in person in Chicago in 2016. The roar of the crowd before the scrum that led to Zebo's kick chase, the roar of the crowd as Julian Savea was tackled in his in-goal area, the roar of the crowd when Henshaw scored.
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