MUNSTER Rugby is trying to come to terms this week with the shock nature of the province’s limp exit from the inaugural European Champions Cup at the hands of Saracens at Allianz Park on Saturday.
Munster suffered their heaviest defeat in Europe since the 60-19 mauling at the hands of Toulouse in France 19 years ago when losing out on a 33-10 scoreline to Sarries.
The heavy defeat means Munster miss out on the quarter-final stages of the European Cup for just the second time in 17 seasons.
Anthony Foley’s men complete their programme of Pool 1 fixtures when facing Sale Sharks in a ‘dead’ Round 6 rubber at Thomond Park on Sunday, 3.15pm.
The business end of Pool 1 will be decided in France when table toppers Clermont Auvergne host Saracens at the Stade Marcel Michelin.
Following Sunday’s game, Munster’s season will take a break until February 14 when Anthony Foley’s charges host Cardiff Blues in the PRO12 at Musgrave Park.
Saturday’s thumping defeat in North London meant Munster have now lost three consecutive European Cup games for the first time in the province’s history.
Disappointed Munster head coach, Anthony Foley said it is important the side put on a much improved display against Sale next weekend and complete their programme of pool games with a win.
He admitted his battered side had hardly fired a shot in anger against a dominant Sarries outfit on Saturday.
“It was very disappointing. We didn’t turn up there at times. You look at where their scores came from – it probably started with a big error from us. It was disappointing that we didn’t fire a shot particularly early in the game. And such an important game with a tournament on the line. We need to address a few things and make sure that we turn up next Sunday and put in a performance that is worthy of it.”