Monday 20 November 2017

'They went out without firing a shot' - Luke Fitzgerald on Munster's European exit and Leinster's bad start in Lyon

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

They both came a long way this year but ultimately the Champions Cup final was a step too far for Munster and Leinster.

Munster went down 26-10 to defending champions Saracens in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday while, 24 hours later, Leinster came up short against Clermont in France, 27-22.

Luke Fitzgerald joined Will Slattery in our studio for this week's episode of The Left Wing to reflect on the weekend's action. Fitzgerald analysed the areas where Leinster were exposed in a disastrous opening 15 minutes in Lyon and explored why Munster struggled to break down the European champions.

"I think they [Munster] kind of went out without firing a shot, they didn't show what they are capable of," Fitzgerald said.

"They have good ball handlers. For me, they didn't put themselves in positions behind the forward runners enough to get the ball out of the shapes.

"Munster's retention was actually really good but the delivery was slow and they let Saracens get set."

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