URC: Munster ‘not good enough’ as Johann van Graan’s tenure ends with a whimper

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Outgoing Munster head coach Johann van Graan was left dejected after his five-year tenure as head coach ended on a sour note.

The South African is joining Bath ahead of next season and the Irish province were unable to give him a good send off following their abject 36-17 defeat to Ulster.

They were outplayed in pretty much every department, summing up a poor campaign in which the Limerick outfit have regressed.

A long way short

“Utterly disappointing. For us as a group, that wasn’t good enough,” Van Graan said.

“Two main things stood out, discipline-wise we just gave Ulster access. We had more than enough opportunities and just couldn’t finish, even though we scored three tries.

“We’ve got to own that as a group, we came here to win and we were a long way short tonight.

“From a team perspective, the last two games wasn’t good enough. We’ll have to do our end of season review and own that as a group and then move forward.”

Following the disappointing loss, Van Graan refused to discuss his time in charge, insisting that those thoughts will be reserved until a later date.

“From the very first day I said this is not about me. We’ll do some reflection, I’ll speak later about the last five years,” he said.

“From a group point of view, we’ve got to face up to this as a group in terms of the supporters who came here, at home – they’ve been phenomenal all season.

“For Munster Rugby that performance today just wasn’t good enough.

“I don’t want to go into that (his legacy) tonight. I don’t think that I should do a reflection on that. We came here to win, we were still alive in the United Rugby Championship and all credit to Ulster, they outplayed us tonight.

“The frustrating thing tonight is we had opportunities, a big moment on the charge down from Gavin Coombes just after half-time and then twice in the game we didn’t get a try and they struck back straight away.

“So we’ll reflect on the game first before I look back on my time here.”

Van Graan insisted that their preparation had gone well but that the performance did not match the efforts in training.

“We as a group spoke in the middle of the pitch afterwards, there’s no excuses from our side,” he added.

“I take you back to the two things. The discipline bit, we concede a high tackle then a lineout in the corner and concede seven points so that’s just an example of where we weren’t good enough tonight.

“And in a game like this, in a knockout game, if you give a team like Ulster who have been quite magnificent all over the season you’re going to lose and we lost tonight.

“The message is we as a group have got to own it and take accountability for it. From a Munster point of view it’s very frustrating that our next game will only be in September so we as a group have got to take it until the next game.

“Look, our fans have been phenomenal. They stick with us through thick and thin but if we perform like that it’s not good enough.”

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