Tuesday 27 September 2016

‘Embarrassing, humiliating disgraceful’ – Alan Quinlan calls for Munster reform following European exit

Published 09/01/2016 | 19:00

Munster's CJ Stander reacts during the defeat to Stade Francais
Munster's CJ Stander reacts during the defeat to Stade Francais

Alan Quinlan has described as “embarrassing” Munster’s 20-point defeat to Stade Francais in the Champions Cup and has called for internal change to arrest their current slide.

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Anthony Foley’s side knew only a victory would suffice following back-to-back defeats to the Leicester Tigers, and was bullish during the week of their chances of resurrecting their European campaign.

However despite playing for 40 minutes with just 14 men, it was the hosts who ran out comfortable 27-7 winners at Stade Jean Bouin as Munster lost three successive European games for the first time in their history.

Such was their dominance that only a try by Conor Murray five minutes from time prevented the visitors suffering their first shut-out in 21 years of European rugby.

Munster's CJ Stander reacts during the defeat to Stade Francais
Munster's CJ Stander reacts during the defeat to Stade Francais

For the second year in succession, Munster have failed to emerge from the pool stages and former player Alan Quinlan was forthright in his post-match analysis.

“Embarrassing, humiliating, disgraceful, these are words that spring to mind,” he told Sky Sports viewers.

“Munster have no divine right to win these games…It’s embarrassing. This whole organisation needs to be dissected.”

Quinlan admitted that the current side may be lacking talent, but says what is currently happening is simply not good enough.

“Guys falling off tackles, no desire, no shape, it’s very distressing to watch. Borderline disgraceful, disgraceful might be a bit too strong."

“When guys are falling off tackles and walking around, it’s frustrating and a real worry...There’s no attack whatsoever.”

Paul Williams, Sekou Macalou and Hugo Bonneval all crossed as Stade halved Leicester Tigers' lead at the top of Pool 4 to four pints.

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