Ronan O’Gara believes Munster have little chance of winning the Heineken Champions Cup this year because they would have to win multiple major games in a row.
Ronan O’Gara about Munster’s Champions Cup chances.
Munster has a strong record in the Champions Cup, having won the competition twice in 2006 and 2008 and appearing in the knockout stages on nearly every occasion.
They haven’t progressed far in European rugby’s premier event in recent years, having been eliminated in the last 16 last year and failing to advance from their group the year before.
Munster has a winnable final 16 fixture with Exeter Chiefs, which will be played over two legs, yet O’Gara revealed in his Irish Examiner piece that he believes his previous club has little chance of going all the way.
“Only a fool or a blind man could confidently predict that Munster, right now, have the wherewithal to beat Leinster, Toulouse or even an Exeter in succession and triumph in Europe,” O’Gara wrote.
“It’s plainly unrealistic. I’m not throwing stones here – La Rochelle haven’t beaten Toulouse in our last five meetings either. But if I asked could you foresee Leinster beating an Exeter, La Rochelle or Toulouse, you’d have no problem with it.
“The point is that Leinster are a different conversation to Munster right now. You’d want to be a dope not to accept that. And yet there are still Munster people in denial.
“Does that mean Munster can’t beat Leinster? It does not. If they played ten times against Leinster, Munster would win three. Leinster are beatable and there are chinks there. They are an incredibly good team but they can be beaten with a power game.”