Wednesday 13 December 2017

O'Gara: We must draw inspiration from Reds

Ronan O'Gara
Ronan O'Gara

John Fallon

Ronan O'Gara says that Racing Metro will have to take a leaf out of Munster's book if they are to rescue their faltering hopes of reaching the Heineken Cup quarter-finals for the first time after being hammered 32-8 in France by Harlequins at the weekend.

The fall-out from Saturday's horror show against a Quins side who could now become the first team to reach the quarter-finals having lost their opening two matches, began on Sunday when they moved their Top 14 clash with Toulon on December 29 out of Stade de France because they felt they weren't worthy of playing in the national stadium.

Now O'Gara wants them to respond and follow the example set by the Munster team he was part of just seven months ago which went to The Stoop and defeated Harlequins in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup.

"A lot has happened since then but that's sport, it moves very quickly," he said.

"That's the only good thing about this match, these same players will hopefully get the opportunity to restore some pride in the Racing jersey next week. Racing now need to do what Munster did last year. We need to be consistent. I think after last week we were expecting to kick on but we are right back where we were."

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