Munster captain Peter O’Mahony reflected on another semi-final defeat on Sunday as his side’s Champions Cup campaign came to an end.
The province were defeated 27-22 by Racing 92 in Bordeaux, in a game that was put beyond Munster’s reach by a strong and quick wave of Racing attacks and scores in a chastening first half.
Speaking after that game, a crestfallen O’Mahony expressed how tired he was of going out in the semi-finals. Munster have exited the competition at this stage six times since their last triumph in 2008 (of which the 28-year-old has played in three) – and it’s a feeling that he’s now sick of:
“I am getting tired of learning lessons myself, to be honest.
“They all hurt, these ones, but I am very proud of the way the lads showed up in the second half.
“We were behind by a fair bit, but we kept the head down and gained some momentum in the second half, but it was too much and too late at the end. When you give a side like that a lead like that, you are leaving yourself with a huge task, but as I said, I was proud of the way the lads showed up in the second half. I am tired of losing semi-finals.”
via the Irish Examiner
Munster couldn’t handle the early Racing onslaught and although they staged a late fightback to add a fair bit of respectability to the scoreline, the victory did not flatter the Top 14 side.
Racing will now face Leinster in the Champions Cup final in Bilbao next month.