Sport

Saturday 23 August 2014

Zebo finds the 'frustrating' Munster loss difficult to stomach

Laura Butler

Published 27/04/2014 | 19:52

  • Share

Stand up and fight they did, but Munster failed to secure another spot in the Heineken Cup final after losing out to a tough and mighty Toulon in Marseille.

  • Share
  • Go To

Rob Penney’s brave side battled against Jonny Wilkinson and his comrades from start to finish of the 2014 semi-final held at the half-built Stade Velodrome.

But unfortunately it was not their day and the Irish rugby team will fly back to Shannon tonight tired and deflated.

A win would’ve secured them a chance to compete for European glory once more and a potential third title, however it was not to be and the red army was left singing without a successful score line, showing 24-16 to the opposition.

A total of 37,043 people turned out at the French stadium, basking in sunshine for the afternoon as the sporting event unfolded.

Munster rugby only had 8,000 supporters in their camp, but we made ourselves heard with loud choruses of The Fields of Athenry as the boys tried and tried again to break down the Toulon defense.

Simon Zebo, who provided Munster with their only try, described the crushing loss as “too little, too late”, adding that he found the result very difficult to stomach following last year’s defeat to Clermont Auvergne in Montpellier.

27 April 2014; Simon Zebo, Munster, goes over to score his side's first try despite the tackle of Drew Mitchell, Toulon. Heineken Cup, Semi-Final, Toulon v Munster. Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Simon Zebo, Munster, goes over to score his side's first try despite the tackle of Drew Mitchell, Toulon. Heineken Cup, Semi-Final, Toulon v Munster. Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy
27 April 2014; Munster captain Damien Varley leads his team off the field after defeat to Toulon. Heineken Cup, Semi-Final, Toulon v Munster. Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Munster captain Damien Varley leads his team off the field after defeat to Toulon. Heineken Cup, Semi-Final, Toulon v Munster. Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France
27 April 2014; Paul O'Connell, Munster, after defeat to Toulon. Heineken Cup, Semi-Final, Toulon v Munster. Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Paul O'Connell, Munster, after defeat to Toulon. Heineken Cup, Semi-Final, Toulon v Munster. Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene

“We knew what we were going into this time, so it’s a hard one – it’s very frustrating,” the winger said.

Meanwhile, coach Rob Penney said that belief in his players was not an issue on the day.

“There was petrol in the tank,” he said, adding that it was the slip ups that cost them.

Toulon end battling Munster’s Heineken Cup dreams

As it happened: Toulon v Munster

Read More

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport