Peter O’Mahony – ‘I’m Tired Of Losing Semi-Finals’

Fed up.

Munster captain Peter O’Mahony says he is ‘tired of losing semi-finals’ and ‘tired of learning lessons’ following yesterday’s defeat to Racing 92 in Bordeaux.

Yesterday’s loss at the hands of the French giants was Munster’s sixth European semi-final loss in-a-row – 2009 against Leinster, 2010 against Biarritz, 2013 against Clermont, 2014 against Toulon, 2017 against Saracens and now 2018 against Racing.

“I’m getting tired of learning lessons myself, personally, to be honest,” said the Munster back-row.

“They all hurt these ones.”

“I’m just tired of losing semi-finals,”

O’Mahony took some pride in Munster’s second-half resurgence, but at the end of the day it just wasn’t enough. O’Mahony says they simply didn’t do enough in the opening exchanges to stop Racing’s momentum.

“We struggled in the first 30 or 35 minutes,” said O’Mahony.

“We knew they are very powerful when they get momentum and come out the track. We failed to stop it.

“I didn’t think we defended them well enough and we lost a lot of collisions in the first 35 minutes, which ultimately cost us on the edge. When you’re going to cough up 21 points against a side of that quality in the space of 20 minutes, you’re going to put yourself on the back foot.

“They moved the ball as a result of us not winning collisions. They’re big men, having front-foot ball with a backline like that, they’re very hard to stop.”

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