Tuesday 25 October 2016

Watch: Racing Metro coach Ronan O'Gara speaks candidly about Champions Cup loss to Saracens

Tom Rooney

Published 19/05/2016 | 21:31

Ronan O'Gara. Photo: Sportsfile
Ronan O'Gara. Photo: Sportsfile

Racing Metro coach Ronan O’Gara was as forthright as ever when discussing his side’s loss to Saracens in the Champions Cup final last weekend.

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The Parisian club, spearheaded by All Black legend Dan Carter, progressed to their first ever European final only to be suffocated by Mark McCall’s muscular outfit, who won a try-less encounter by 21-9 in front of 58,00 fans.

In doing so, they became the first English team to win the competition since Wasps in 2007.

Racing weren’t helped by the fact they had lost both their starting half backs- Carter and Maxime Machenaud – to injury by the 42nd minute. Owen Farrell’s prowess from the tee was enough to seal the tie.

O’Gara admitted to being disappointed in the immediate aftermath of the loss, but had no qualms as to who the deserving victors were.

“It’s Thursday – it gets easier with time. The early part of the week was disappointing because you play finals to win and fire a shot.

“Saracens were very effective and shut us down and the better team won, so in that regard it’s easier to move on.”

Ever the competitor, the Munster and Ireland stalwart said that if lessons were learned from the adversity, then it would not be in vain.

“You still play the game to win medals and win as many as you can, and this time we came up short. But if you learn something from it, it’s a productive day out,” O’Gara said.

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