Hail, hail. Cracking snap of Munster duo battling the conditions in Thomond last night 7 years ago

Hail, hail. Cracking snap of Munster duo battling the conditions in Thomond last night

You wouldn’t have put a dog out in the conditions that hit Thomond Park for Munster v Connacht last night, but the hail did make for one cracking image.

The hosts battled their way to a 22-16 victory over their Western neighbours in very, very wintry conditions last night, with JJ Hanrahan scoring all of Munster’s points as rain, wind and hail battered the famous Limerick stadium throughout.

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Despite the weather, a sizeable crowd turned out to watch the provincial derby at Thomond Park, but while most of them had the roof of the stand to cover them, the players were not so lucky and at times they were subjected to weather that must have had the likes of James Downey and Ivan Dineen pining for the hot showers in the dressing room when it was at its worst.

James Downey during a hail shower 27/12/2013

Rarely has it been so comforting to watch a game of rugby from the warmth of one’s own snug couch as it was last night.

Pic via Inpho/James Crombie