Rowing close to the feat
Although they came very close to victory on Saturday night, the Basques' performance alone can be considered an achievement. To understand this, we need to put some context back. Bayonne were playing the first Heineken Champions Cup match in their history, against a supposedly superior opponent. Two-time European champions in 2006 and 2008, the Irish hosted this match at the legendary Thomond Park stadium. A trip that did not frighten the visitors, who signed a high-flying second half. A prestigious draw, worthy of going down in the club's annals.
Baget in all the right moves
What a performance from the Basque winger tonight! Starting on the left wing, the Bayonne will-o'-the-wisp was dominant in both of his team's tries. On Tagi's first try, he broke a tackle and kept his team in the lead. And above all, he scored his team's second try (76th) thanks to a dive into the Munster in-goal. The icing on the cake was that the Blue and Whites made 10 tackles out of 50 attempts, and covered <> metres with ball in hand. It was a masterful match, which allowed his team to make a successful European debut.
Munster is no longer scary
Long gone are the days when Munster frightened Europe. The 2006 and 2008 European champions conceded a draw on their home turf against a European rookie. A performance in line with the previous edition, where the Irish went out after a play-off game for third place against the Sharks (50-35). In the league, they let arch-rivals Leinster take a six-point lead. In the second half, they were often put in great difficulty, and conceded a 14-3 run. A nervousness that was sometimes expressed by bad gestures, such as the unnecessary shoulder blow inflicted by Wycherlay on Baget.
Bayonne too undisciplined
If Bayonne put in a great performance on Saturday night, one statistic qualifies this good result. Against Munster, Aviron were penalised fourteen times. That's too many times to hope for success in Europe's most prestigious competition. If their opponents did not always make the right choices, often abandoning kicking points in favour of penalties, this indiscipline could have been costly. A flaw that will have to be erased when they host Glasgow Warriors on December 15.