McGahan: We lost it, not the referee
May 1, 2011
Munster's David Wallace gets to grips with Quins skipper Chris Robshaw © Getty Images
Munster coach Tony McGahan refused to enter the refereeing debate in the wake of his side's Amlin Challenge Cup semi-final loss to Harlequins, insisting that his side's dismal performance was to blame for defeat.
Quins dominated proceedings at Thomond Park on Saturday, pulling through 20-12 to ensure that they joined Leicester as the only sides to have beaten Munster on their home track in Europe.
Their reward is a place in the final against Stade Francais, while McGahan has been left to pick through the wreckage of a disappointing European campaign. He will not be starting with the officiating of Romain Poite, however.
"I think in different circumstances I'd probably make some comment, but I don't think it's correct or proper to make any comment on that after the way we played," he told The Irish Independent.
"We have been training exceptionally well and our attack has been solid. We had a bad day in the defence against Brive [in the quarter-finals], but I don't think we got past two phases in the first half today with 11 turnovers."
Munster are runaway leaders in the Magners League and have in recent weeks beaten both Leinster, Heineken Cup finalists after Saturday's win over Toulouse, and the Ospreys, making their capitulation all the more disappointing for McGahan.
"The way we played we didn't give ourselves any opportunity to get a result whatsoever," he said. "We have played with a great passion and intensity over the last few weeks, but you need to give Harlequins credit for the way they turned up here today.
"We really stood off them and we didn't get enough squareness in the line to get people off the edges. They continually built momentum, it was like a training run for them at times."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Firdose Moonda talks to Rob Louw about the difficulties of being a South African touring New Zealand at the height of Apartheid
Huw Richards profiles French forward Walter Spanghero, a man who even rugby's hard men thought was a tough nut
"To be part of the Commonwealth Games, I'd wear anything. I'd wear a clown suit." Tom Hamilton talks to Scotland's Sean Lamont
Scrum Sevens looks back at how rugby has fared in both the early Olympics and the past four Commonwealth Games