RONAN O’GARA has paid tribute to the management skills of Munster coach Tony McGahan ahead of this evening’s mouthwatering Magners League clash between Munster and Leinster in Thomond Park.
Although many of the players who featured in Ireland’s recent Grand Slam triumph are in action, O’Gara doesn’t feel it will be difficult to get back into the swing of things with his province after wearing green on the way to glory in Cardiff recently.
“No, it won’t be hard at all. We have a fantastic management team at Munster, and the one person I spoke to after the England game was Tony (McGahan).
“I needed to talk to someone because people were saying ‘he had a stinker against England’. That’s inaccurate — I kicked poorly. But I just wanted to run a few things by him.”
McGahan’s advice worked for the out-half.
“Obviously my rugby career means a lot to me,” says O’Gara.
“That’s why I seek out people that are important to me to talk about things like that.
“Tony said to me to go out the next day and do what I always did. The way he expressed it put me at ease, but it’s important to hear that — and to hear it from someone that you trust as well.
“I’d love to reward his management with what he deserves. I’m excited by the Magners League, and Tony has treated that very seriously. He wants to have a go off that, but we also have to be sure about the European Cup, that’s still a massive competition.”
Although it’s a Magners League weekend, now we’ve mentioned Europe... is O’Gara mindful that Munster’s quarter-final opponents Ospreys will have some disappointed Welsh internationals licking their wounds when the sides clash on April 12?
“You’re right, they’ll have the upper hand psychologically, because they’re wounded. You can’t really replicate that, and we know because we’ve been on that side of the fence so many times. They’ll be very dangerous because of the quality of players they have. If we’re not at the pitch we need to be against Ospreys we’ll be beaten.”
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