From the exhilaration of the Triple A rated match against Wasps last week, a large crowd went to Thomond Park.
Hoping for more of the same, they were instead treated to the short end of the stick, a D for drab; the proceedings also managed the near impossible trick of silencing the normally vociferous home fans.
Castres are something akin to a Jack Russell who has a hold of your trouser leg, they are notoriously difficult to shake off. But the real problem with Munster is that nobody knows what’s coming, they are still searching for the sort of consistency that will make them the serious challengers they should be.
The rampant Omicron coronavirus variant means that many disappointed supporters will get their money back for the upcoming Munster v Leinster match. On Saturday a refund, for a completely different reason, might well have been demanded.