Munster defence coach, Jerry Flannery has admitted that the province have much to work on following their Pro14 loss to Cardiff on Friday evening.
Johann van Graan’s men recovered from a slow start to trail by just one at the break but failed to score in the second-half in Wales. It was their second loss in this year’s competition following their earlier game against Glasgow.
“We were massively disappointed,” Flannery said.
“It was not good enough. We can’t just put it down to one area. From my responsibility, our setpiece didn’t function as it should have. Defensively, we bled tries that were first phase tries which we really disappointing to concede. In terms of our attack, we didn’t convert when we got into their 22 so there’s a lot of things we have to work on that weren’t good enough.”
“We were very disappointed because we thought that if we stayed with Cardiff, they’ve faded in their three previous games in the second half so if we weathered the storm initially, that we’d be in the mix so we were pretty pissed off.”
In positive news, Munster have no new injury concerns following the game and will welcome back a number of key players ahead of this weekend’s interprovincial derby against Ulster.
“Everyone came through Cardiff pretty well and in terms of getting lads back, we’re going to have Niall Scannell back this week, Kevin O’Byrne, Billy Holland will be back this week so it’s good to get them back as well.”
The two-time Heineken Cup winner insists that the province must aim to have more consistent performances, once their starting team is nailed down, if they are to be competitive at the end of the season.
“It’s difficult to look at it like that. If you look at it going from Glasgow to Ospreys, that was nearly a full strength Glasgow team. It was far from a full-strength Ospreys team so I can’t really say that we were so bad against Glasgow and we were incredible against Ospreys and then rubbish against Cardiff.”
“You’re bringing players back at different times so there’s guys getting their first games as well which is going to make it more difficult but it’s about grinding out results at the start and then when you get a little bit more consistency in your team, you can look for consistency the whole way through. But so far, it’s been disappointing to go away from home and concede the way we have.”