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Ronan O’Gara labels Munster’s win against Ulster an ‘incredibly hard watch’

Ronan O'Gara

Ronan O’Gara has criticised Munster’s performance in their recent win against Ulster, hitting out at the lack of ambition shown by his former side.

Munster have come under plenty of criticism from a number of high-profile former Ireland internationals, with Keith Wood, Jamie Heaslip and Peter Stringer all bemoaning the province’s recent performances.

Although Munster did beat Ulster last weekend, and did so after Simon Zebo was shown a red card in the 15th minute, the game certainly wasn’t an exhibition of exciting, attacking rugby.

O’Gara was writing in his column for the Irish Examiner and questioned how much patience Munster fans have left with the province.


Ronan O’Gara on Munster’s win against Ulster.

“Notwithstanding the Zebo sending off and the influence it had on the game in Limerick, I found it an incredibly hard watch,” O’Gara wrote.

“There was plenty to be critical about but I would be venturing into Pat Spillane on Ulster football territory if I did so. And we want to keep this column constructive. But there are limits to any attention span. This can’t be what Munster rugby supporters want to see, surely?

“Yes, the Munster-Ulster game was played on a wet field in Limerick; the Racing-Clermont game was essentially in a discotheque in Paris but it wasn’t all about the ambience either. The pace, the ambition was like night and day between the two games.

“On the one hand, I had Finn Russell putting on an absolute passing exhibition in an indoor arena, compared to a hard day’s night at Thomond (for the viewer). The difference in mindsets was remarkable.”

Changes are on the way at the southern province.

Although Munster may well persist with their conservative brand of rugby for the remainder of the season, we could see an entirely different mindset take hold at the province by the end of the year.

Head coach Johann van Graan and senior coach Stephen Larkham are both leaving at the end of the season, while defence coach JP Ferreira is yet to sign a new contract, with his current deal set to expire this summer.

There hasn’t much indication of who could take the reins at Munster next season, although O’Gara and Paul O’Connell have both ruled themselves out of contention.

Former Munster scrum-half and Racing 92 backs coach Mike Prendergast would certainly bring attacking flair to his native province should he return to Limerick, but he has yet to speak publicly about such a move.

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