Ronan O’Gara humbles Leinster boo army with some classy comments

Boo army.

Leo Cullen’s side finally got revenge in the knockout stages with an emphatic 40-13 win over the French giants, having been defeated by Rochelle the last three seasons in a row, including the last two finals.

O’Gara has played up to the pantomime villain role that was cast upon him by the crowd after he was the subject of some “resounding boos” when the cameras flashed to his coaching box, branding it as the “ultimate compliment.”

The former Ireland and Munster out-half said he is not “sensitive” and says the treatment he received was a bare “minimum” after inflicting an enormous amount of “hurt” on Leinster in recent years.

He added some classy comments, stating that he has a “huge amount of time” for the Leinster players and that they’re a “really good group” having visited their changing room after the game.

“There wasn’t a couple of boos there were resounding boos but that’s the ultimate compliment,” O’Gara told Off The Ball.

“Let’s not get sensitive about this, this is what happens when you’re playing at the top level, coaching a French team against an Irish team, against a team that we have created an enormous amount to hurt in the last number of years. So that’s the minimum.

“It’s ok, that’s what happens. I’m not, sensitive about that. I have a huge amount of time for their players and their coaching group and I was in their dressing room afterwards. They’re a really good group.

“Two into one doesn’t go, you are trying to win, they’re trying to win and they were better than us this time.”

Leinster are now just two wins from a first European title since 2018 and have already sold-out Croke Park for their semi-final clash with Northampton Saints, with a capacity of over 80,000.

But the win over La Rochelle will count for nothing if they don’t go all the way as O’Gara’s side have in the last two seasons, and the four-time winner knows that.

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