O'Connell card sours win
Munster coach Tony McGahan was left to rue a bittersweet 22-16 victory at Thomond Park as Paul O'Connell was red-carded 10 minutes into his Heineken Cup comeback.
The province's inspirational captain received his marching orders after his swinging right arm appeared to make contact with Ospreys number 8 Jonathan Thomas, who ended up in a heap on the floor.
"I was shocked really, but we just had to get on and deal with it," said McGahan.
Referee Christophe Berdos did not see the incident at first but after consultation with his assistant David Rose, he decided that a red card was justified.
Speaking immediately after the match, a slightly stunned McGahan revealed he had yet to speak to his captain, preferring to let him cool down after what could be a defining moment in Munster's season.
As for his own thoughts on the incident, McGahan said: "I was hoping I was colour blind! But unfortunately my eyesight is good enough because I'm still young. We had a brief look at it. We really haven't looked at it in enough depth to give any real comment.
"What we saw was the same as what everyone else saw, a reaction to (Thomas) holding onto the jersey. I'll have to give it a bit more thought. It doesn't serve any purpose for us to get caught up in that while the game was going on."
Ospreys forwards coach Jonathan Humphreys also gave his view on the episode, commenting: "First of all, Paul O'Connell is not a dirty player by any stretch of the imagination.
"A very similar thing happened to Gavin Henson for a similar incident and unfortunately he got 10 weeks for that.
"We have a lot of admiration for Paul as a player. He's a very iconic figure here. So it's very disappointing for him. He could miss a large chunk of the season now."