Andrew Conway has admitted that Munster have fallen short of their own standards in terms of their attacking performances at various stages this season, but the Ireland winger insists that has not been down to a lack of effort.
Earlier this week, Munster’s attack coach Stephen Larkham strongly hit back at the criticism aimed at him and his game-plan in recent weeks.
Although it was more Munster’s execution that let them down in Castres last week, they have not yet fired on all cylinders with their first-choice team this season.
Conway (30), who is a central figure in Munster’s attack, will be hoping to showcase more of his prowess in Sunday’s Heineken Champions Cup clash against Wasps at Thomond Park.
“It’s a tricky one, I completely understand that we have certainly not played to our optimum level in different stages. Obviously, the Connacht match probably being a standout,” Conway said.
“But I also think writing about it, regurgitating certain opinions, and I mean this respectfully, I have to understand they (critics) aren’t exposed to the same amount of homework, analysis, conversations as I am or professional coaches are.
“Sometimes we are the best in the world after a win. It’s so unbelievably fickle.
“Of course we want to be better, of course we want to beat Connacht away, whenever we should have. Of course that’s the case, but we are working our b****cks off trying to do that.
“It’s certainly no lack of effort or no lack of commitment. Sometimes you don’t play your best and you come out on the wrong end of the scoreline. We have to take everything with a pinch of salt.”