In acknowledgement of the first big Munster game in which Rog isn’t nailed on first choice since the days before John Langford and Mick Galwey’s tears could be used as fuel for the journey in the beaten up Peugeot 206 from Limerick to Pau via the Hook of Holland ferry and the Brenner pass for a meaningless HEC defeat, we have compiled a fun drinking game.
The units involved are up to you, be they shots, fingers, pints, hands, whatever – we’ll give you points, you decide how much to imbibe.
Of course, Rob Penney might go with the wily old master for Saturday, in which case we’ll look mildly silly, but if he does, you can merely use this later in the season when Keatley does get the nod – and he will, make no mistake – or for Ireland games when ROG watches while Sexton struggles to employ Kidney’s workaday tactics in green. Just sub Sexton for Keatley where appropriate.
Here’s the rules:
- Camera catches Ronan looking glum on the bench – 1 point
- Camera catches Ronan smiling and laughing on the bench – 2 points
- Ian Keatley drops a goal – 1 point
- Ian Keatley drops a goal after 41 extraordinarily permissive phases – 5 points
- Donal Lenihan says that Keatley is playing in the wrong areas of the pitch in commentary – 2 points
- Frankie says in the build-up that he hopes Keatley doesn’t try to play too much rugby – 3 points
- Whiff of Cordite’s troll, foaming at the mouth, points out in a comment in this piece that Keatley went to Belvo and doesn’t even know the fourth verse of Stand Up and Fight – 2 points
- Keatley re-introduces the 6 arse-bounces technique, inducing spittle and fury from Rog on the bench – 2 points
- Loud cheer from the Munster crowd as Rog gets up to warm up after 60 minutes – 1 point
- Loud cheer from the Munster crowd as Rog gets up to warm up after 20 minutes – 2 points
- Loud cheer from the Munster crowd as Rog gets up to warm up after 1 minute – 3 points
- Pippo Contepomi and Rodrigo Roncero spotted in the crowd lending support to their old mate Ronan – 10 points
- George Hook says something positive about the match, Ian Keatley, Leinster, Munster or Johnny Sexton – whatever you’re drinking, do something like this:
All joking aside, it’s potentially a watershed day in Irish rugby – the man who, along with Paul O’Connell and Brian O’Driscoll has done more to advance Irish rugby over the last decade than anyone. If this does mark the beginning of the end, note the day in the calendar – it’s the end of a momentous era – our Rog tribute if and when he calls it a day will be gushing.