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Munster’s Ronan O’Gara wipes away a tear after his side’s defeat to Clermont in yesterday’s dramatic Heineken Cup semi-final in Montpellier.

Munster’s Ronan O’Gara wipes away a tear after his side’s defeat to Clermont in yesterday’s dramatic Heineken Cup semi-final in Montpellier.

Munster’s Ronan O’Gara wipes away a tear after his side’s defeat to Clermont in yesterday’s dramatic Heineken Cup semi-final in Montpellier.

Ronan O'Gara last night refused to be drawn on suggestions he may have played his last game for Munster.

In the wake of Munster's heart-breaking 16-10 Heineken Cup semi-final defeat to Clermont in Montpellier, a visibly emotional O'Gara saluted the province's fans, accompanied by his young son.

A decision on the outhalf's future is now set to move top of Munster's agenda heading into the summer. O'Gara said he will make a decision in the coming weeks, but did not want anything to distract from his side's bid to reach a fifth Heineken Cup final.

"It is not a day for thinking about that," he said. "Today our sole focus was on Clermont. It was a massive occasion. You'd be disrespectful to your team-mates if you were thinking any other way. I was so focused on this. I love coming to France. It has given me the best of my rugby memories.

"This competition made me appreciate rugby so much and I'll sleep on it until the end of the season."

O'Gara said losing a semi-final was difficult to take and that having gone through it before only deepened the pain. "You put so much into it. We've been there before, but it is an unbelievable competition. It is a cracking atmosphere, as good as it gets in rugby," he said.

Munster dug deep after going 16-3 down to get back within striking distance with a a converted try from Denis Hurley to set up a tense climax during which Casey Laulala went close to a second try. But Clermont held on in an action-packed finale.

Irish Independent