When all the talk was over and the game finally kicked off it was in poor conditions and it got worse as the game wore on.
As the picture above shows, Ronan O'Gara's 79th minute penalty to win the game for Munster was never going to be easy - even from inside his own half.
It was a hard fought game - you would expect no less from these two teams. All the early pressure was from Munster and the "yips" of the last few weeks seemed to be banished. On nine minutes Munster opened their account with a long range try from known pace setter Donncha O'Callaghan as he snaffled a loose ball and ran the pitch for a well deserved score. O'Gara missed the conversion, but it was one of few misses from his boot in the game.
...Ireland and Munster "Winger" Donncha O'Callaghan in full flight to score from 55 out...
Paul Burke's penalty four minutes later was cancelled out by O'Gara's well taken drop goal on 15 minutes.
In the 42nd Minute the TMO adjudged that David Wallace had scored following a well worked line out and strong work from the tireless Kelly and Halsted. O'Gara again added the conversion. Munster's pressure was telling on and off the pitch as Leicester Coach Pat Howard got involved in a war of words with a couple of Leicester fans and then intervened with stewards to ensure they were not ejected.
The twist in the tail was that the ref allowed a further two minutes of injury time and Paul Burke managed only his second from four in what was a poor first half from the ex Munster player.
Goode started the second half in place of Burke but two other Irish men in the Leicester team were working manfully to beat their countrymen as both Leo Cullen and Jonhnny Murphy had strong games.
The Leicester pack began to exert more and more pressure; a series of early substitutions from Pat Howard seemed to give fresh impetus to the Leicester side and while Goode and O'Gara traded penalties it was a set of scrums on the line that brought the Tigers' reward in the form of a penalty try. The conversion and, two minutes later, a penalty from Goode gave Tigers the lead.
...Paul O'Connell and Denis Leamy acknowledge their support...
Then on 78 minutes O'Gara earned the penalty with a nice show of the ball and the ref gave another 10 metres for dissent. Yet again O'Gara proved faultless. The fight seemed to seep out of Tigers and despite six minutes of injury time it was Munster that finished the stronger having weathered the second half storm by Tigers and the rain.
O'Gara, the most talked about man in European rugby this week was, fittingly, Man of The Match.
The two and half thousand "official" supporters soaked up yet another famous Munster win. Three from three for the Irish provinces in the Heineken Cup. As the saying goes: "A good start is half the work"