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Stand-in Munster captain CJ Stander accepted that his side simply weren’t good enough in their humbling 25-0 defeat to 14-man Stade Francais on Saturday night.
The defeat was Munster’s sixth loss in seven games and signalled another disappointing European exit for the once great Province.
Stander was again one of the better performers for Anthony Foley’s men, but this was scant consolation for the number eight.
We made a lot of mistakes, a lot of missed tackles and we didn’t take advantage when they got the red card,” said Stander after his side’s disappointing defeat.
“It’s just down to actions,” Stander raged about Munster’s failure to capitalise on Stade’s red card.
“Talk is cheap, you need to show actions. In some phases of the game we did, but that’s not enough. They just kept capitalising on the mistakes we made.”
Stander admitted that the loss of some key players in the opening 40, Andrew Conway, BJ Botha and Tommy O’Donnell were all replaced due to injury in the first half, was crucial but he refused to blame injuries for the defeat.
“The subs that came on made an impact, but still those injuries were some leaders in the group. Losing them was a big part of the game and I reckon it gave Stade an easy in, it cranked our physicality a bit. It was tough, but that’s how it is.”
The players, management and even the administration in the province has come in for some heavy criticism since the defeat and Stander is adamant that his side must react against Stade at home next week to regain some pride.
“We’re out of the competition and it’s tough, for the second year in a row, and we need to look deep, look at what’s wrong, and also pitch up.
“It’s a dead rubber, but we have to front up. You can’t disappoint yourself again next weekend. It’s going to be tough to get up but it’s something we can do. We know we need to get that momentum for the Pro12. We need to go out and score points, because we can’t do that at the moment.
“You need to use the game to show the supporters and coaches that we have pride for the jersey. No player, no one in that team room wants to come out and lose a match. We can win the supporters back over hopefully.”