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CJ Stander rallies the Munster troops after reality check, calling for 'bitterness' in Paris
Ireland international urges team-mates to learn from mistakes ahead of Champions Cup campaign.

CJ STANDER HAS called on his Munster team-mates to bounce back from yesterday’s Pro12 defeat to Leinster by playing with ‘bitterness’ when they face Racing 92 next week.

The southern province were found wanting at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday as they suffered a reality check ahead of the start of the Champions Cup season.

Rassie Erasmus’ side travel to Paris to open their Pool 1 campaign against Racing next Sunday and Stander hopes they will use the disappointment to further fuel their fire.

“We had opportunities, we just didn’t use them first or second half,” the Ireland international said. “Jaco [Tuite] scored a good try there in the corner, we’re creating stuff, just making silly mistakes and we’re not capitalising on them.

“We need a reality check. We’re going over to Paris and it’s not going to be easy. The good thing is we’re not on a high going there, we were defeated today and luckily there’s a lot to learn yet and it’s going to hurt us a bit.

“We’re going to have a bitterness in us and I think we’re going to use that.”

Munster were made to pay for a series of unforced errors, underlined in the post-match statistics which showed 13 turnovers in favour of Leinster.

“You can’t win a game with that,” Stander added. “Silly mistakes and they capitalised on it, I think they scored two tries from our mistakes.

“It’s not big stuff, just look after the ball and that’s going to come down and we’ll need that for the next two weeks.

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“Those two tries we gave them, that’s 14 points and it’s a close game so if we just cut that out, game on. It’s stuff we need to fix.”

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