Castres Olmpiques coach, Joe El Abd, has warned his side that they need to get maximum points from next week’s return fixture with Munster to stay alive in the Heineken Champions Cup.
Munster dominated proceedings in Limerick today with 66% possession but they failed to make that count in the first half due to a large number of errors. They were far more clinical in the second period but had to make do without the bonus-point try.
The former flanker insists that Castres can have no qualms about the outcome of the game.
“We had big ambitions today but we got dominated in every sector. We have no complaints with the result. The first half we managed to stay in it, they didn’t do much either so it was 6-0 and we had everything to play for. The early try in the second half was difficult and from there it was an uphill battle.”
“They were on their game. We always knew that Munster were going to perform in the Heineken Cup, it’s the competition that they attack 100%.”
The Top 14 champions currently lie in third place in Pool 2 after Round 3, three points behind second-place Gloucester.
This is the second year in a row that Munster have faced Castres in the group stages of the competition. In last year’s meeting at Thomond Park, Munster routed the French side, scoring five tries, however, in their trip to France, they could only manage a draw.
El Abd is hoping for a similar response from Castres next Saturday, but warned that they need to get as much as possible out of the encounter.
“It is going to be a very tough game. We know what to expect, we played them last year at home and the game was different to the one away so we hope we can get a similar result, but obviously last year we got a draw. We need to win 4-0 in points.”
“Today we lost 4-0, obviously they didn’t get the bonus point so we’re still alive in the competition and next week we need to do to them what they did to us today.”
“This competition is all about winning home games, getting bonus points, they didn’t manage to do today, neither did we so it’s 4-0, we’ve to do the same next week.”