MUNSTER captain Peter O’Mahony insists the weekend thumping Gloucester suffered at home to Saracens in the Aviva Premiership is the worst thing that could have happened Rob Penney’s charges ahead of Saturday’s crucial Heineken Cup clash at Kingsholm (6pm).
Gloucester, who trail table toppers Munster by five points in Pool 6 ahead of their Round 5 clash, suffered a 29-8 drubbing at the hands of Premiership leaders Sarries to slip to a lowly ninth place in the table.
However, Munster skipper O’Mahony is adamant that heavy defeat will only spur Gloucester onto to provide an even stiffer challenge for Munster this weekend.
Munster back-row O’Mahony said: “(The Gloucester coach ) Nigel Davies will have them fired up and it’s the worst thing that could have happened. We just have to look after ourselves and get our own house in order. Looking after our own details is the most important thing as far as we’re concerned.
“I suppose we’ve always seen a bit of us in Gloucester to be fair down the years.
“It’s a special occasion every time we play each other. And there’s probably a bit of Thomond Park in Kingsholm, it’s that kind of ground. It’s a tough place for teams to go and play, they’re a proud bunch of players and they have proud supporters. So they’ll be looking for a big performance this weekend. It will be tougher than you think.”
As discussions continue in relation to Rob Penney’s future as Munster head coach, O’Mahony said he had enjoyed working under the New Zealander.
O’Mahony said: “Ah look obviously at the end of the day, it isn’t up to me whether contracts are given out or not, but I’ve enjoyed my rugby under Rob (Penney) in the last 18 months and I think we are building to nice places. It has been tough at times but there has been, as you can see and as a said, we have been going the right direction in the Rabo. Some of the performances that we have put in at times over the last few weeks have been impressive so I think we are going in the right direction.”
Twenty four-year old O’Mahony is due to make his 18th Heineken Cup appearance on Saturday.