Munster face ‘fight for our lives’ to make European quarter-finals

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Out-half Ian Keatley is congratulated by Munster captain Peter O'Mahony after he kicked the penalty which secured a losing bonus point against ASM Clermont Auvergne at Stade Marcel Michelin on Sunday
CAPTAIN Peter O’Mahony has vowed that Munster will ‘fight for our lives’ in the final two games to make the knock-out stages of the European Champions Cup.

CAPTAIN Peter O’Mahony has vowed that Munster will ‘fight for our lives’ in the final two games to make the knock-out stages of the European Champions Cup.

Munster’s hopes of making the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup remain alive - but only just - after out-half Ian Keatley rescued a losing bonus point for the province against Clermont Auvergne at Stade Michelin.

Keatley’s last gasp drop goal saw Munster return from France with a precious point after a 26-19 defeat to the French Top 14 high flyers.

Third-placed Munster trail table toppers Clermont by four points and second-placed Saracens by three points with two rounds of pool fixtures to come in the New Year.

Munster make the trip to Allianz Park to face Saracens on the weekend of January 16-18 before completing their pool fixtures at home to Sale Sharks a week later.

The dates and kick-off times for the final two rounds of games are set to be confirmed by the competition organisers this week.

Peter O’Mahony said: “We grabbed a point today at Clermont. We had two good wins in the Pool before these two back-to-back games.

“We have put ourselves in a position where we can make it out of the group. We have to fight for our lives now. We have two huge games to come in the New Year. All we can do is fight for our lives.

“Look, we dug in. Obviously, we can’t tell yet how important that bonus point will be, but it could prove crucial. I am hugely proud of the lads, just to dig in and pull a point out of it in a very tough place to come.

“We ran into a very good side in Clermont, who are playing very well. Last week at Thomond Park we made some silly errors . I think in the first half today we put ourselves under pressure with some poor kick-chase. We left them off with some quick line-outs, but as I said I am very proud of the lads for digging the bonus point out.”

Munster A secured their place in the quarter-finals of the British and Irish Cup as a best runner-up after recording a 35-13 bonus point win away to Moseley on Saturday.