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Penney frustrated as Ospreys mash 'flat' Munster

MUNSTER capped a poor performance in their fourth consecutive defeat by the Ospreys with a late Damien Varley red card at the Liberty Stadium.

Rob Penney was extremely annoyed with his team's showing and admitted their hosts bossed them throughout.

"I thought what they did was efficient and they were probably hurting after having some poor results here early in the season," said Penney.

"They came to play and we couldn't match it. What they brought was what we needed to have a bit of.

"We didn't bring anything. For some reason we were flat; we lacked the intensity and physicality that we've had the last few weeks and Ospreys did bloody well and beat us up a bit," added Penney.

Despite trailing by just four points early in the second-half, Munster folded after the sin-binning of Tommy O'Donnell and failed to cross the try-line for the first time this season, as tries from Richard Fussell and Richard Hibbard on his 100th league appearance, plus a penalty try, gave Ospreys the 30-15 win their endeavour deserved.

"We'll be on the roller-coaster ride that we said we'd be on," said Penney.


"If we turn up and play, we are capable of being a competitive unit; if we don't turn up that's the sort of performance we'll get. We have been endeavouring to do the right thing by the group, so we'll just have to play the cards we are dealt."

Varley was shown a straight red card seven minutes from time following an incident in a ruck. At the very least, he is likely to at least miss Saturday's clash with Leinster.

"I haven't seen it, so I can't comment. Damien has got a pretty good record in that area. He said he got his foot caught up in the tackle, so we'll just have to wait and see the footage," said Penney.