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Draws, by their nature, can never be entirely satisfying and Munster’s sharing of the four match points with Racing was very much a case in point. Munster’s regret will be two-fold, as they were the home side and had engineered what seemed a gilt-edged chance to win it.
Again that though, as Peter O’Mahony, admitted, they were “on the ropes here” against a potent Racing side for much of the third quarter, and his gut feeling was that Munster hadn’t played well enough to earn a win.
“It’s kind of hard to say,” admitted the Munster captain when initially asked whether the draw was a positive or negative result.
“Around 50 minutes we shouldn’t have been next to or near a draw and then with 10 minutes to go, we could have won it. I don’t think we played well enough to win the game, to be totally honest with you. We played some very good rugby but some mental lapses defensively cost you against teams like that.
“I thought they played really well and we played some really good rugby as well but overall, it probably flattered us a bit getting the draw with the way they played and the overall way we played. That would be my gut feeling.”
This is the third season in a row that Munster have drawn one of their opening two pool games and Johan van Graan, for his part, took some solace in them being in a near identical position at this same juncture in the last two campaigns.
Two seasons ago, Munster drew away to Castres before beating Racing 14-7 at home, and last season they drew away to Exeter before beating Gloucester at home.
“Obviously you’ve got to take history into consideration as well. In the last two years we drew our first game and won the second one, and thi
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