All the reaction from around the European Champions Cup Round 2 as Toulon got back to winning ways and Munster remembered Anthony Foley.
Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond: “They’ve got three sets of eyes on him (Magnus Lund who was sin-binned for Sale), so whether he’s done for no hands or late or whichever, we can’t give penalties away like that week in, week out because you’re going to get yellow cards. When you go down to 14 men teams can punish you, certainly teams like Toulon.”
“I suppose we could have kicked the penalty in front of the posts but if we could have gone over from one of those drives, it would have been an interesting last 10 minutes. That was our decision, to go for those corners, and probably the right thing to do.”
Toulon head coach Diego Dominguez: “The difference was our first 20 minutes, we were very strong. That was the difference,” he said. Dominguez defended Vermeulen after the skipper saw yellow for tripping Sam James when the fly-half had kicked through. “The yellow card (for Duane Vermeulen) was not voluntary. It was a reflex. Not on purpose. It was a yellow card but it wasn’t on purpose.”
Munster team during a minute’s silence for Anthony Foley before the Champions Cup clash with Glasgow. Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images
Munster’s director of rugby Rassie Erasmus: “I feel relieved because of the unknown element about the week. The territory we got into this week and circumstances, different things, I did not know, myself, how we would react, how the players would react, even the referee or the opposition. It was such a weird week which you can’t really prepare for. Even with the warm-up I wasn’t even sure what we would get out of this.
“We had a good chat last night and this morning about what we were going to try and achieve, not even result-wise, but more the way we wanted to play. I was expecting that would come through, but not in such a mature way, for the players to do it so quickly after something tragic that happened to Axel (Anthony Foley), so I am relieved. The tough things are the small things. You get into the bus to the field, Axel’s seat is there. You get into the changing room, all the little things that remind you. Then you get out to the field and the Munster people, the Irish people, do things that are very personal, with so much emotion and then I wasn’t sure how that would impact on everyone, from the opposition to us, so I am relieved the guys handled it like that.”
Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend: “As coaches we obviously focus on the rugby, but we are also part of mentally preparing our players, getting them to believe in themselves and go out there and play. This was different and we were focusing on the rugby side of it. We talked about what we expected today, with the crowd noise, the whole atmosphere. It’s the Champions Cup. We know every game is difficult. This was really difficult today. We have missed not picking up any points today and given one of our rivals five points. It will be tough from here.”
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