Ronan O’Gara Slams Munster’s Desire


It’s been a torrid season for Munster Rugby that may be about to get even worse following last weekend’s defeat to Connacht.

The southern province must win their remaining two games against the Scarlets and Edinburgh, or find themselves out of the Champions Cup spots and plying their trade in the secondary Challenge Cup next season.

Current Racing 92 coach and Munster legend Ronan O’Gara, lashed out at the player’s desire in his Irish Examiner column today and questioned do the players “actually realise how bad the situation is now.”

After they lost in that crazy Champions Cup game to Stade Francais in Paris, I was talking to a few of them afterwards and the impression was created that ‘ah we’ll sort this out’.

Well they haven’t sorted it out.

I have seldom seen such a weak defensive performance. They talked about Connacht’s attack game — that wouldn’t have worked if Munster fellas weren’t playing tip rugby defence. There were no holes there — it was just Connacht players simply going through lads.

When the opposition want it more, you have to say ‘hold on a second lads, there is something not right’.

There is nothing wrong with the system here. It’s a bodies-on-the-line issue. Desire. It’s a strong word. When you can back it up.

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