Munster coach Foley waits on O’Connell announcement

Munster's Paul O'Connell with Finn Russell and Richie Vernon Glasgow
Munster's Paul O'Connell with Finn Russell and Richie Vernon Glasgow

Munster coach Anthony Foley admitted his side had left themselves too much to do as they lost the Guinness PRO12 final to Glasgow 31-13 in Belfast on Saturday night.

Glasgow led 21-10 at the break after an impressive first half display which had blown Munster away.

They scored four tries with Rob Harley, DTH van der Merwe, Henry Pyrgos and Finn Russell crossing the Munster line.

Russell also converted all four scores while Duncan Weir kicked a solitary penalty and the immense Leone Nakarawa was named man of the match.

Andrew Smith had crossed for that late first half try for Munster, with Ian Keatley landing one earlier penalty and converting the try, but although they drew first blood in the second half with another Keatley penalty, it was never enough.

Foley said the key for them had been the need to score first after half-time but with the Irish province only coming away with a penalty it made the task too difficult.

“Being 21-10 down at half-time, it became very important to score first, which we did,” he said.

“We took three but you could argue that we should have stayed there and tried to get seven.

“But we went for three and at that stage, the game was in the balance and unfortunately we didn’t get to within a score of them.

“If we had done that they might have been catchable but it didn’t materialise for us and fair play to them some of their support play and off-loading was second to none.”

He added: “It’s hard to take but a lot of us have been through this situation before.”

As for Paul O’Connell being widely tipped to leave Munster for what is believed to be a contract with Toulon, Foley added: “Paul’s situation is that he’ll be going on holidays now for four weeks and I’m sure he’ll make an announcement in those four weeks. I’ll wait like everyone else.”