Munster savour 'special' victory

Sun, 15 Dec 2013 12:26
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Munster skipper Peter O'Mahony claims it took a 'special performance' from a 'special team’ to bring his side back from the dead in Perpignan on Saturday.

Munster skipper Peter O'Mahony claimed it took a 'special performance' from a 'special team’ to bring his side back from the dead in Perpignan and claim a win on Saturday that keeps them at the top of Pool Six over the Christmas period.

When Tommaso Benvenuti ran in the try for Perpignan that put them ahead in the 77th minute, the game looked dead for Munster. But they conjured something out of nothing and JJ Hanrahan's try with the last move of the match made it 18-17 to the visitors.

"We knew how hard it was going to be coming away to France. Any game over here is tough, especially in a cauldron like this.

“We knew it would take something special to get a win and as happened it was a special performance from a team that wasn't playing particularly well," said O'Mahony.

"But the sign of a good team and a team that is progressing is to get a win like that out in France. It is certainly going to be up there in my books.

"We wanted to win more than anything. We expected a fight and we got it alright - it was bruising and there will be plenty of sore bodies tomorrow.

"We spoke about that and we said it would pay off. We said that if we went to a dark place, and we hurt ourselves, we were going to be in a good place. And that's where we are - we are in a good place.

"We have some great game breakers and with a team like this you can never give up. We trusted our scrum. We know it is good. We had to show some bottle there and credit to the front row, the front five and the whole pack for that penalty try.

"We have two games to go but this has put us in a good position. We will enjoy this over Christmas!"

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Glasgow Warriors 3 0 0 3 1
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