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O'Connor: We were second best before sin-bin

Leinster coach Matt O'Connor did not look to Nigel Owens' controversial yellow card to wing Darragh Fanning for an easy way out of a hard fall to Munster.

"I thought the ball was out, to be honest," he said.

"That's the referee's prerogative. They're one of the calls that, potentially, go against you away from home and when you're on the backfoot. It made it hard to chase the game from that point.

"But, we were second best up until then," he pointed out.

It came in the 53rd minute when Fanning reached in to rescue a ball that seemed to be beyond the hindmost foot of a Munster ruck.

In truth, the home province was 18-6 clear and showing no sign of weakening. Leinster got beaten up by a physically dominant Munster.

O'Connor didn't agree: "I wouldn't say that," he argued.

"I am pretty disappointed with the amount of errors we made. We didn't look after the ball."

There was also a significant blow to the head for Ireland flanker Dominic Ryan as he come into contact with Donncha O'Callaghan's hip.

There were three tries from CJ Stander, Andrew Conway and replacement Dave O'Callaghan against one from Shane Jennings.

"Once they were in front on the scoreboard, it made it very, very hard," continued O'Connor.

"We were inaccurate. They kicked the ball a lot. They chased really hard. They won those 50-50s and, from there, they got momentum.

"From that position, they are always difficult to stop."

Munster moved back to the head of the table with a typically resourceful rebound win from their defeat to Glasgow Warriors.

"The boys deserved it. They came out and performed," responded coach Anthony Foley.

"We got on top in certain areas. We built a lead and we managed to hold onto it."

Connacht are next in line for the Men in Red as they ended a three-match losing sequence. They will be difficult to contain if they can reproduce this level of intensity.

"It is nice to put an end to the losses," smiled Foley


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