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O'Connell admits frustrations

by Michelle Fortune , 14 April 2012

Paul O'Connell has spoken of his frustration and disappointment at Munster's exit from the Heineken Cup at the hands of Ulster.

Munster's superb record in the European Cup at Thomond Park meant the Reds went into last weekend's quarter-final as the firm favourites to meet Edinburgh in the last four, but they were always chasing the game.

Ulster raced into an early lead and their defence held firm during the inevitable Munster fightback as Brian McLaughlin's side progressed to the semi-final for the first time since 1999.

The disappointment of the Munster players was plain to see as they made their way from the pitch and a week on O'Connell admits he is struggling to get over the defeat.

"Yes, I’m very frustrated and disappointed, I was very frustrated and disappointed walking off the pitch and I am even more so now, having watched it," he said.

"I mean the amount of possession we had, the amount of territory, and to have only scored what we did and to allow them score what they did, was just incredible.

"I’ve never been involved in a game like it before. I said it after the game to have gone 19-0 down at home in a European Cup match, I don’t think it has ever happened to me or us before and it is very disappointing, I think they were in our 22 once in the game and they knocked over their penalties really well from their half, we just didn’t create enough with the possession we had."

O'Connell admits his failure to move on has not been helped by the fact that he will miss Saturday's RaboDirect PRO12 clash with Glasgow.

"In terms of disappointment it’s up there with anything I’ve had now really. Normally I move on fairly quickly although things may be on the back of my mind," he is quoted as saying in the Irish Examiner.

"I’m good at getting back going, getting back training and moving on to the next thing but this has been a slow week for me. I suppose I have a bit of a knee injury as well which has held me back, which is frustrating when you can’t do that but in terms of losses, it’s up there with anything I’ve experienced."

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