It’s easy enough to sell. Black, the World Cup winner, is a superstar to come to your team as soon as another one comes out of it.
There is a feeling that Malacca Fekitoa may be the missing puzzle piece in Munster. He joins next season and Damien De Allende is expected to leave.
One person who is definitely leaving is Johan van Graan, their head coach, who is moving to Bath. De Allende may well join him in Rec; both men will certainly be intrigued to see Fekitoa living in his absence.
“I was lucky to oppose him when I was (assistant coach) in South Africa,” van Graan said. “He can play 12 or 13, he’s calm, he’s determined, he’s experienced and is part of a winning environment.
“I think he fits very well into Münster because he’s soft, he loves to do something and I think Münster fans can be very excited that he will make a big difference with Münster rugby.”
On Friday, there were other players who were able to deprive these fans. Simon Zebo received a hat-trick despite gaining valuable possession in the game; Dave Kilcoin celebrated his 200thth a cap with a decisive selection on the goal line that stopped the momentum that Edinburgh was creating; Craig Casey has had his best game since the opening night of the season; Gavin Coombs also did his best show in a while.
Coombs, Zebo and Kilcoin celebrate.
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“The boys love to return to this environment (from the camp of Ireland) and play for Münster, because they know that when they return, they are greeted with open arms; all three showed special performances on Friday.
“I thought Gavin held up very well, Craig managed the game well, that double with one hand in the first half on the Cow Line, then he had a wrestler, he’s just a special player and then Dave played 200 games because your club is big.
“Look, the attitude is brilliant, and the connection between the national team and the four provinces is really well managed by Faz (Andy Farrell).
“The team is a good place, and it’s great to have players. It’s also nice to welcome them back to this environment. “
In the end, they came in handy. Edinburgh – like Glasgow and Treviso – is a much better team than it was last year. They fell behind through Friday’s game but never gave up on the idea of winning. However, Munster refused to give them a chance.
“I thought the first 20 minutes were probably the best 20 minutes to start the game for the whole season,” van Graan said.
“We really focused on getting up early tonight because we faced class opposition.
“If you play with the best teams in the league when it comes to playing seven points in the backend, you have to finish it well and I thought we made that attempt by scoring the ball. I am very pleased with the result. “