A downcast Rowntree looks back with pride

Munster Rugby Head Coach Graham Rowntree.

WITH the shock URC semi-final loss to Glasgow Warriors at Thomond Park, the season has closed on a disappointing note for Munster.

Graham Rowntree’s side were hugely fancied to win against their Scottish opponents but came up short, as did outright favourites Leinster away to the Bulls.

It was clearly a downcast Munster coach who afterwards spoke with RTÉ’s Michael Corcoran.

“It’s going to take a while for that to sink,” he said.

“But you know I’m proud of how we finished the season. We topped the league, you earn a home semi-final, and then not to get the job done, it’s hugely disappointing. It’s going to take a while to sink in as I say.

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“The game became quite fractured in the second half. It didn’t suit us. We were almost trying too hard with the ball.

“I stand here now and it feels a bit surreal. We’re going to to have to suck it up, get on with it. It’s going to sting for a long time, but I’m proud where we finished the season.”

The defeat also marked the end with Munster of departing quartet Simon Zebo (retirement), RG Snyman (Leinster), Antoine Frisch (Toulon) and Joey Carbery (Bordeaux Bègles).