Rowntree to review third-quarter Champions Cup collapse

Munster’s Conor Murray after the Champions Cup defeat to Cell C Sharks last Saturday.

THE THIRD quarter, in which four tries were conceded, will be the main focus of a review by head coach Graham Rowntree going into the Champions Cup Round of 16 defeat (50-35) of Munster by Cell C Sharks in Durban.

At the heart of the review, Rowntree said, would be penalties and turnovers.

“The conditions (29 degrees Celsius) were challenging. We are not used to this weather. But, towards the end, we were chasing the game, scoring tries, and I was pleased with our energy,” noted Rowntree in his televised post-match interview. 

“I was pleased with our effort, but technically, tactically we have got to be better. We will look at that third quarter when things got away from us.

“We will look at penalties we conceded or turnovers we conceded at breakdown, those are the elements we will have a look at. We will go back and analyse the game to see where we have got to be better.”

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He added: “I am hugely disappointed, as you can imagine.”

“It was a three-point game at half-time (17-14) but quickly got away from us with two more tries and then the game got even looser and we were chasing the game.

“We can score tries, we have proven that, but we have had a taste of what it is coming to this club and this town and we are back out here soon.”

Rowntree’s side face DHL Stormers in the league on April 15.

With the win at Kings Park Stadium in Durban, Sharks became the first team from South Africa to secure a place in the quarter-finals.