Glasgow and Munster fans invaded Belfast on Saturday to see their sides battle it out for the Pro 12 title, the first season the competition decider was to be played in a venue decided in advance of the final.
It was a neutral venue, though Ulster fans were hoping it would turn out to be a home game for them, but a defeat to Glasgow the previous weekend put and end to those dreams.
Even though it was a neutral venue, it felt like a home game for Munster, with the vast majority of the crowd dressed in red to cheer them on, with small pockets of sky blue around the stadium.
I say sky blue, the sky in Belfast was anything but blue.
Glasgow weren’t intimidated, and put Munster on the back foot from kick-off, but it was Munster who had the first scoring opportunity of the game with a penalty that was fire wide.
Eventually, Glasgow made their dominance count and went in front with a converted try, and then withstood Munster’s response, only conceding a penalty, before responding in style with two converted tries to lead 21-3. Glasgow were running away with it.
Before half-time, Munster got themselves a try. It took a while for it to be confirmed, with the crowd booing as referee Nigel Owens had to refer to the TMO and took a while making his mind up.
Munster started the second-half with a penalty that reduced the defecit to eight points, before Glasgow dusted themselves off and responded with another converted try to make it 28-13.
Munster now had to score double what they had scored so far to still be in the game.
It was never going to happen. Glasgow were able to withstand what was thrown at them. Munster didn’t have as much resistance when Glasgow attacked.
As the minutes ticked down, Glasgow fans began playing celebratory songs on the bagpipes. They dared to believe the job was done. Nobody was going to argue with them. They added another score to make it 31-13. It was emphatic. It was deserved.