O'Callaghan embarrassed by defeat

Date published: September 8 2014

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Munster embarrassed themselves at the weekend with their loss to Edinburgh according to Donncha O'Callaghan.

Munster embarrassed themselves at the weekend with their loss to Edinburgh according to veteran second row Donncha O'Callaghan.

The Limerick side lost a third game in a row at Thomond Park for the first time in the professional era, as Edinburgh staved off a late fightback to win 14-13.

It came in the wake of a difficult week for Munster boss Anthony Foley, who had to deal with the fallout of a leaked email scandal at the club.

But for O'Callaghan, the bigger issue is how the side underperformed on the pitch, failing to dictate the pace of the game and coming second best all over the park.

“It's a horrible feeling when you've embarrassed yourself and that's what we did,” O'Callaghan told the Irish Independent.

“We have to take a look at what home means to us and that was the thing on Friday, we didn't dictate the tempo and physicality which is the hard thing to do at home.

“When you're playing at home the emphasis is on you to drive the tempo, the physicality and the will to win – all across that we were second best.

“It's inexcusable to be honest, there's certain things that just have to be right and physicality is always one at home and that goes no further than our pack and we didn't produce.

“It's ruthless stuff, you know there's good players and other guys who will step up.

“When you get your opportunity and you don't take it, you'll be moved on.”

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