MUNSTER hooker Mike Sherry refuses to concede his side’s Champions Cup campaign is over despite back-to-back defeats against Pool Four rivals Leicester.
Anthony Foley’s side have just five points after three games but, with home and away meetings with Stade Francais as well as a trip to Treviso in January, there is potentially 15 points on offer next month.
“It’s a big hill to climb but we won’t stop believing until it’s mathematically impossible,” said Sherry. “It’s a big challenge ahead and hopefully we can win the last three games and put our best foot forward.”
Before Sherry and his team-mates target a second European assault in the New Year, they have back to back Pro12 derbies against Leinster and Ulster - with Leinster coming to Thomond Park on Sunday next, December 27, and Munster making the trip to Belfast the week later on January 3.
“That’s the beautiful thing about being a professional rugby player,” added Sherry. “We have another game against Leinster next week and then Ulster away. Then, it’s three Champions Cup games in a row. We’ll review this on Monday, we’ll try to get over it quickly and learn from what we did and didn’t do. It’s a great opportunity next week at Thomond Park against Leinster. It’s always a big game so we can’t feel too sorry for ourselves.
“We had to come over here and work hard against a big pack and try to move them around the pitch,” added Sherry.
“Again, we did that but we didn’t finish off the points so it’s 90 per cent there. The 10 per cent is the crucial part that wins you matches and we’re not doing it at the moment.”
Munster’s game against Leinster is at 5.15pm and tickets are priced from €20. The game is live on TG4 and Sky Sports.