NUMBER right James Coughlan admitted Munster may have ‘fell in love with ourselves a small bit and lost focus’ for Saturday night’s hugely disappointing RaboDirect PRO12 defeat to Glasgow Warriors.
A clearly frustrated Coughlan conceded Munster’s display was ‘unacceptable’ as the province lost valuable ground in the battle to secure a home semi-final in the PRO12 play-offs.
Coughlan said the trademark of great sides was their ability to back up a big display with another one they next time they returned to action.
Coughlan, who captained the side against Glasgow, said: “It was unacceptable. We will have to good look at ourselves individually. You can’t turn up half-cocked.
“To be fair to Glasgow, they played like they had something to play for, we played like we didn’t. The video will be interesting on Monday.
Basics, you have to win the collisions, you have to win the breakdown and have to win possession in the right areas and I would say looking on Monday that Glasgow would have won every single one of those. As a result they won the game 22-5. Individually, we will have to look at ourselves and do a small bit of soul searching and I think everyone is blowing on about last week but if we’re go be considered a great side then you back it up. (Manchester) United in their prime backed big games up.
“You think of Leinster over the last few years have backed games up and we lacked that consistency. Professional sport as it is no one really cares what you did last week, what matters is what you do this week.
“Glasgow certainly didn’t care that we beat the hell out of Toulouse last week and they turned up like it. Maybe we fell in love with ourselves a small bit during the week maybe and lost focus.
“I suppose there’s nothing but a kick up the backside to keep you going and we certainly got one of those tonight.”
Coughlan insisted the display against Toulouse was a true reflection of Munster’s form rather then their inept showing against Glasgow on Saturday night.