DEFIANT Munster captain, Peter O’Mahony is looking forward to the chance to avenge their weekend defeat to Clermont Auvergne when they renew rivalry with the French Top 14 side at Stade Marcel Michelin on Sunday, 3.15pm Irish time.
Munster slipped to third place in Pool 1, a point adrift of leaders Clermont, following their first defeat to a French side at Thomond Park in the 19-year history of the European Cup on Saturday.
It is now six years since Clermont Auvergne lost a home tie in the European Cup. Then it was English side, Sale Sharks, who inflicted a 32-15 defeat on Clermont in October 2008.
Peter O’Mahony said: “It is half-time. That is the beauty of the back-to-back games and we can put it right next week.”
“We came up against an excellent side (on Saturday). We knew it was going to be tough - and we knew from the day that this pool was announced that we were going to have it tough. I thought Clermont played very well but I thought we could have done a lot of things better.
“But we have to go and dominate them physically. We were bullied at times (on Saturday) which is not something that normally happens at home.
“But as I said, we have got eight days to recover and eight days to put our best foot forward to train as hard as we can and to put ourselves in the best position to do the job.”
Meanwhile head coach Anthony Foley rued his side’s ‘very poor start’ as Clermont moved above them to the top of Pool 1.
“We came into the game very confident to get a physical job done on them,” Anthony Foley said.
“We are not looking for excuses. Clermont were the better team here and we need to rectify that for next weekend. We need to be able to go over there and get one back.
“We’ve got to stay true to the badge that we’re wearing and turn up next week. It’s not a great feeling at the moment in the Munster camp so we need to rectify that.
“We just need to turn up and play. We didn’t do that today. We made too many errors. We allowed them a good foothold in the game and they are good players.
“We have good players but you can’t give those players front foot ball, an opportunity or a half-break. They make hay.”
Munster’s round four tie with Clermont Auvergne this Sunday will be refereed by Welsh official Nigel Owens.
The game will be televised live on Sky Sports.
Meanwhile, on the local club front, the focus this weekend switches to the semi-finals of the Munster Senior Cup.
UL-Bohs will host Garryowen on the back pitch at Thomond Park this Saturday at 2.30pm, while Young Munster travel to Temple Hill to face AIL 1A rivals and Cup holders Cork Constitution.
The final of this season’s Munster Senior Cup is due to take place on Saturday, December 27.