One huge win will change it all for Munster
Last weekend reminded me a lot of when I was involved with Munster and we were in a similar situations in the early 2000s.
It doesn't matter whether you are losing semi-finals or finals, that pain is the same, when you are not getting over that hurdle.
The pain, that is something you have got to bottle, you have got to use it to drive standards next season. You have got to use it to look at what you are doing.
You critique that in the off-season and make changes to gain that extra three or four per cent.
It's a chance to maybe get your passing right up to speed, set-piece, breakdown, defence, whatever it is that you think might be pertinent points which you need to focus on to get you over that hump.
For Munster, it's time to take stock and figure out what they need to do as a team to go and win these big trophies.
But every team goes through a phase like this when it takes a little time to get one huge win to change their fortunes. You look at Saracens, for a few years they were stuck losing semi-finals and finals. Eventually they became unbeatable and now they have to begin that journey again.
Every team goes through these cycles, Munster just need to improve year on year and have a shot at it again, this time in 2019.