Saturday 19 August 2017

WATCH - Ronan O'Gara calls on Racing 92 to learn from harsh lessons dished out by devastating Munster

Racing 92 coach Ronan O'Gara prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 1 Round 1 match between Racing 92 and Munster at the Stade Yves-Du-Manoir in Paris, France. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Racing 92 coach Ronan O'Gara prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 1 Round 1 match between Racing 92 and Munster at the Stade Yves-Du-Manoir in Paris, France. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
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Former Munster and Ireland flyhalf Ronan O'Gara is not looking forward to his return to his old stomping ground at Thomond Park in two weeks time after watching his Racing 92 being comprehensively beaten in Paris

The reigning Top 14 champions and Champions Cup runners-up were destroyed 32-7 by Rassie Erasmus' side in front of their own fans at the Stade Yves-Du-Manoir yesterday.

The return fixture in Limerick beckons in a fortnight's time and O'Gara is not confident of his side turning the the tables on his old team.

The Cork native questioned Racing 92's recruitment policy after watching a team with players in their prime completely dominate the Jacky Lorenzetti-owned outfit.

He also claimed that his team were lacking fitness and detail in their preparation for the encounter.

"You get out of it what you put into it and obviously looking at our preparation, with hindsight, wasn't good enough," he told Sky Sports.

"We're lacking detail in our game, we're probably not fit enough and they were better than us in every aspect of the game. Within a quarter of an hour it was pretty clear which team was going to win.

"It's hugely disappointing . To know that you're that far off the pace is deeply disappointing.

"Just talking to the Munster guys and you look at where they were 12-14 games ago so in sport it can be turned around very quickly.

Asked if his old teammate Anthony Foley would have approved of Munster's diaplay, he added: "I think he would be very proud of what has happened . It's so strange to think about him in the past tense and I don't think I have my head around that, I don't.

"It's very, very odd.

"Munster are a great outfit, they lost their way for a while but the scary thing from our point of view is that we have to go to Thomond Park. That could be...on today's performance, beyond embarrassing."

Asked was he looking forward to his return to Limerick, he added: "After that? Not at all."

A lot of work will be done in the Racing 92 video room ahead of next weekend's clash with Leicester and O'Gara was adamant that his team needed to learn from the harsh lessons dealt out by the likes CJ Stander, Donnacha Ryan, Conor Murray and Simon Zebo.

"It's great if the right lessons are learned, if lessons are brushed under the carpet then nothing is learned. I hope we take the lessons on board and become a better side."

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