Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

CJ Stander hits out as error-ridden Munster slip up

Guinness PRO12 Championship

By Adam McKendry

Munster number eight CJ Stander has called on his side to improve ahead of their trip to French giants Racing 92 after their derby defeat to Leinster at the weekend.

The Limerick men were disappointing in the Aviva Stadium interpro, losing 25-14 to their old rivals, a defeat which sees them slip to fifth in the Guinness PRO12 table.

Even more concerning is how poorly they stood up to their Irish counterparts, and with a visit to Paris to take on the might of Top14 champions Racing 92 in the Champions' Cup next week, things look rather worrying for Rassie Erasmus' men.

Leinster dominated them up front and in the backs, with captain Isa Nacewa dotting down twice and scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park benefitting from some slack defence for a third.

Man of the match Jonathan Sexton added 10 points with the boot for a composed and controlled Leinster side.

Peter O'Mahony, making his first start since a long lay-off due to injury, and Jaco Taute scored consolation tries for Munster, but they didn't even manage to take home a losing bonus point - although they probably wouldn't have deserved it.

Among the bright points for the visitors was Stander, who was his usual rampaging self, making good yards.

After the game the South African-born Ireland international did not hold back about why Munster came up short, and how they must improve going into next week's game in the French capital.

"We had opportunities, we just didn't use them first or second half. Jaco (Taute) scored a good try there in the corner, we're creating stuff, just making silly mistakes," Stander said.

"We need a reality check. We're going over to Paris and it's not going to be easy. The good thing is we're not on a high going there, we were defeated today and luckily there's a lot to learn yet and it's going to hurt us a bit.

"You can't win a game with (13 errors). We made silly mistakes and they capitalised on it, I think they scored two tries from our mistakes.

"It's not big stuff, just look after the ball and that's going to come down and we'll need that for the next two weeks.

"Those two tries we gave them, that's 14 points and it's a close game, so if we just cut that out, game on. It's stuff we need to fix."

Belfast Telegraph

How to Complain

If you have a complaint about the editorial content of the Belfast Telegraph or Sunday Life then contact the Editor here. If you are not satisfied with the response provided then you can contact the Independent Press Standards Organisation here


From Belfast Telegraph