Munster stand-in captain Jack O’Donoghue is looking forward to his sides Champions Cup round of 16 second leg against Exeter
Coming out for the second half last Saturday trailing by 10 points and still a man down Munster’s future in the Champions Cup did not look bright.
Through some great resilience and some fantastic individual plays the Shannonsiders managed to half the lead ahead of this Saturday’s game against Exeter.
Captain Jack O’Donoghue displayed some immense leadership characteristics in leading his squad to salvage what was remaining in the leg and put’s his side almost on the front foot heading to Thomond Park.
O’Donoghue announced his excitement to be working under Graham Rowntree as a head coach next season:
“From the minute he came in the door, two years ago now or more, he hit the ground running and to have him stepping up in that head coach role is really going to be exciting and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Grabbing his first European captaincy against Exeter last weekend, O’Donoghue is still taking it all in:
“Ya look I’m incredibly proud to captain on a Champions Cup day, the atmosphere over there was incredible. The travelling support they’re incredible the way Munster fans travel to games and the lift they give you during the games it’s incredible.”
The number 8 reflects on how tough the Exeter side actually were to play against:
“It was pretty evident the breakdown battle, they really came after us. I guess we kind of coughed up possession quite easily to Exeter and their very clinical when they’ve ball in hand and I think our reaction coming out in the second half, I was incredibly proud of the lads they way they turned that around and the way we really brought the fight to them.”
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