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'The occasion got to us,' says Zebo as he laments error-ridden Munster display

Knowing the threat Scarlets posed was not enough for Munster in the Aviva

MUNSTER FULLBACK SIMON Zebo feels that ‘the occasion’ got to Munster in their humbling 46 – 24 defeat to Scarlets in the Aviva Stadium.

Munster went in to the Championship decider on home turf (relative to their opponents at least) and as the top-seeded favourites yet they were viciously carved open over and over again by Wayne Pivac’s thrilling side.

“We got blitzed,” said a philosophical Zebo after limping out to face the microphones.

 We knew what was coming. Bad decisions in both attack and defence. I think the occasion got to us. We put the hand up, Scarlets were the better team today.”

“It was the same a couple of years ago against Glasgow (the 2015 final), they attacked us from the start and left us a mountain to climb. We weren’t able to climb it, but we’ll learn from it hopefully.”

 

The Corkman added: “Hopefully in the future, the players will grow mentally more than anything. It’s the big occasions, the big days, making sure we play to our full potential. We’ve lost a couple of those opportunities. Hopefully we’ll grow and learn from them now

Scott Williams and Simon Zebo Source: James Crombie/INPHO

“There were a lot of mistakes in both attack and defence. Our defence has been incredibly all year and we leave in three or four tries in the first half.

“It’s different for me, because I’m behind the ball. It’s harder for the boys in the front line with dummy runners and the way they attack at pace.”

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