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The Reaction As Munster Confirm Status As Ireland's Weakest Province

The Reaction As Munster Confirm Status As Ireland's Weakest Province
By Colman Stanley
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The narrative going into tonight's clash between Connacht and Munster was of two sides near the bottom of the URC table, both in desperate need of win in a fiercely competitive league.

Munster have looked as bad as they have ever been over the last couple of seasons, while Connacht found themselves with 0 points from three games, albeit against tough opposition.

Given Connacht's home advantage, and the opposition both sides have faced coming into tonight's games, many fancied Connacht to win.

Their predictions rang true as they came away with a 20-11 victory, after pulling away in the second-half.

Munster, once again, looked completely substandard, and produced a performance full of basic errors and ill-discipline. Against the run of play they went into half-time with the lead, but as the games wore on, it became clear just how early they are in their transition, both in terms of a new play-style and a new breed of players.

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After the match, a forlorn looking Graham Rowntree spoke to the media. The new head coach praised his side's effort, but bemoaned their sever lack of discipline.

"At 11-5, we didn't really push on. We failed to look after the ball again in their end of the field. Kept going into the 22, good opportunity there but just couldn't hold on to the ball.

"The last 15 minutes was just littered with ill discipline from us, it's got to better. Breakdown, maul penalties, backing up penalty on penalty, we just got to be better.

"I can't fault our effort, but when we have the ball inside their 22 we need to keep hold of it, and we just got to be better disciplined."

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