Ex-Munster man Donnacha Ryan was thinking of his former teammates even as his Racing side booked a place in the Champions Cup final.
The lock, who moved to Racing from the Irish province last summer, played a part as the French side powered their way past Munster thanks mainly to a first-half blitz in a 27-22 win in Bordeaux.
Speaking to BT Sport after the game, however, while Ryan is understandably delighted to have qualified for the final, expressed his disappointment for his former teammates at Munster as he knew what the final, and a showdown with Leinster would have meant to them:
“We just put the foot to the floor, trained really hard for the last four days in a row. We put a lot of effort in the first half, and we said we’d try and hang on.
“We knew Munster’s fitness, they are well able to up the tempo, but the small margins pulled through for us in the end.
“Bitterly disappointed for the lads, I know how much it means for them, and it’ll be a tough task in a couple of weeks’ time [in the final].
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Ryan earned almost 170 caps for Munster during his 13-year spell with the province, and was part of the side that won the Heineken Cup in 2008.
The 34-year-old and his Racing teammates will now face off against high-flying Leinster in the final next month, looking to go one better than 2016 and claim the Champions Cup trophy in Bilbao.