CAPTAIN Peter O’Mahony admitted the side need to put on a performance the Munster fans deserve on Sunday after letting a ‘huge amount of people down last weekend.’
Munster limped out of this season’s European Champions Cup after shipping a 33-10 defeat away to Saracens. The province complete their Pool 1 programme of fixtures with a ‘dead rubber’ clash with Sale Sharks at Thomond Park this Sunday, 3.15pm.
O’Mahony said: “You can’t hang around feeling sorry for yourself. You’ve got to get on with it. We’ve left a huge amount of people down last weekend and we’ve got to dig deep and show them that it’s there on Sunday, that we’re better than that, that there’s a performance there that they deserve and we need to show.”
O’Mahony insisted players were not blaming their lengthy injury list or a perceived inability to compete financially with the big-spending French and England clubs as contributing factors in their Sarries defeat.
O’Mahony said: “I don’t think any of the players gave any of those excuses for Saturday’s defeat. Money and what was the other one, injuries? I don’t think any of the players have given those excuses. I don’t think we have given any excuses. We were very poor at the weekend. If guys aren’t going to hold on to the ball, if guys are going to miss roles, as I said you’re not going to compete with a team like Saracens. If you have all the money in the world, if you’re Toulon or whoever, if you’re going to play like that you’re not going to compete.
“I think Munster have competed with them (big-spending teams) for years. Munster has never been flowing with money. We’ve always relied on our academy, we’ve always relied on the players coming through having a passion to play for Munster.
“Munster is a team that drew in players because of what we do and I think we have to stay at it, to stick at it. We’ve had a good look at ourselves and we need to stay on it. It’s there, we know it’s there. We have a good squad and there’s good young fellas coming through. There’s good guys there at the moment. There’s good guys there at the moment and we’ve just got to keep plugging away.”
O’Mahony said he hoped his contract talks would be ‘done as fast as possible’, indicating that his preference is to continue playing at Munster.