Friday 17 November 2017

'I saw that it was on live TV!' - CJ Stander explains his post-match kiss with Peter O'Mahony

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

CJ Stander has done his best to explain his dressing-room kiss with Peter O'Mahony in the aftermath of Munster's narrow win over Glasgow Warriors.

Sky Sports cameras caught the Ireland team-mates sharing an intimate moment in front of their team-mates after Francis Saili's late try confirmed their place on top of Pool 1 and earned a quarter-final spot.

Stander explained the two men had fallen out on the pitch over a moment of ill-discipline and were being forced to kiss and make-up.

"I saw that it was on live TV!" Stander said with a smile.

"No, we had a few words. I think I gave two penalties away, so Pete tried to calm me down and we had a few words.

"We do this thing in training where we kiss and make up, so we kiss and made up. That's about it, I can't really speak out of the changing room."

Stander was captain last season when the two-time champions couldn't get out of their pool and he was delighted to be back in the knock-out stages after two seasons in the wilderness.

"Not getting to the final stages was disappointing," he said.

"I think there was a lot of boys that wanted to get there and didn't get there. We talk a lot about it, and you miss that feeling of going into the quarters and the semis, hopefully.

"But we worked hard. We're a tight group, as you could see with the kiss between me and Pete, so we work for each other and work for the team. There's still a lot to improve on from this game, but that comes down to Monday's training.

"There's always a learning curve and Rassie always tells us to learn from our mistakes and work on it. If you go full on to improve it, he's happy with it.

"If you just go half-arsed at it, you're going to get a bit of a kick. Everyone stepped up and learned from that Leicester experience and stepped up. In the last few minutes we were two points up and kept that out. That's going to help us going forward in this competition."

And Munster can earn a home quarter-final with victory over Racing 92 next weekend.

"It comes down to the day," Stander said of the final game against the Top 14 side.

"You never know how they're going to pitch up, so it's going to be a big game again. It's in Thomond Park for us, and a full Thomond Park is always a great place to be.

"Everyone is already looking forward to it, but we need to work hard. We can't let ourselves down now, we've still got one game to go in the group. We have came a long way now and the big thing is not to let ourselves down."

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