Friday 9 December 2016

CJ Stander calls for 'bitterness' from Munster ahead of Racing 92 clash following derby disappointment

Published 08/10/2016 | 17:26

CJ Stander of Munster is tackled by Jamie Heaslip of Leinster during the Guinness PRO12 Round 6 match between Leinster and Munster at the Aviva Stadium in Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
CJ Stander of Munster is tackled by Jamie Heaslip of Leinster during the Guinness PRO12 Round 6 match between Leinster and Munster at the Aviva Stadium in Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Munster captain CJ Stander claimed that “bitterness” will drive his side after a 25-14 defeat to Leinster hampered their Champions Cup preparations ahead of their visit to Ronan O'Gara's Racing 92 next weekend.

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It was a tough day at the office for Rassie Erasmus' charges who coughed up a lot of turnovers and some cheaps tries to their derby rivals.

Problems at the breakdown will be of particular concern.

A daunting trip to the French capital next weekend to take on the Top 14 champions will mean it's out of the frying pan and into the fire for Munster.

“We had opportunities but we didn’t take them. Jaco Taute scored a good try from us after good work from the forwards but we could have scored more," Stander said.

“We need to look after the ball a lot more, we had 13 turnovers and they scored two tries from our mistakes. That is the lesson for us.

“We need a reality check, going over to Paris won’t be easy. We will need to bounce back and we need bitterness.”

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