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Monday 28 July 2014

Toulouse coach Guy Noves: We lost to a great Munster team

Published 05/04/2014|18:28

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Munster's Paul O'Connell celebrates scoring a try during the Heineken Cup Quarter Final match at Thomond Park, Limerick. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 5, 2014. See PA story RUGBYU Munster. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Munster's Paul O'Connell celebrates scoring a try during the Heineken Cup Quarter Final match at Thomond Park, Limerick. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 5, 2014. See PA story RUGBYU Munster. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
5 April 2014; Simon Zebo, Munster, is congratulated by team mates Conor Murray and Felix Jones after scoring his side's fifth try. Heineken Cup Quarter-Final, Munster v Toulouse. Thomond Park, Limerick. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Simon Zebo, Munster, is congratulated by team mates Conor Murray and Felix Jones after scoring his side's fifth try.
Munster???s Paul O???Connell (right) and Toulouse Guthro Steenkamp during the Heineken Cup Quarter Final match at Thomond Park, Limerick. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 5, 2014. See PA story RUGBYU Munster. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Munster's Paul O'Connell (right) and Toulouse Guthro Steenkamp during the Heineken Cup Quarter Final match at Thomond Park, Limerick. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 5, 2014. See PA story RUGBYU Munster. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Legendary Toulouse coach Guy Noves has admitted that his side were taught a lesson in their 47-23 defeat to Munster today at Thomond Park.

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Munster ran in six tries for a superb 47-23 victory over the French giants, with Dave Kilcoyne, man-of-the-match CJ Stander, Casey Laulala, Simon Zebo and Paul O'Connell adding to a lone first-half effort from Keith Earls.

After the demoralising loss, Toulouse boss Noves said that Munster were worthy winners, praising their display in the second 40 minutes in particular.

"Munster taught us a lesson. They were outstanding. We tried to play all the ball but we exposed ourselves," he said.

"We gave it our all, we put everything into the game. They deserved the score, but my job is about helping the team to learn the lessons and bounce back for the Top 14.

"I hope we will be able to react as a squad who are proud of their jersey, who have won five (pool) games out of six and have been defeated by a great Munster team."

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