Guinness PRO12: Edinburgh can’t afford to mope around, says Grant
Gunners flanker admits Munster were the better team as the Scots were hammered 34-3 on a "bad day at the office"
Roddy Grant insists that Edinburgh can’t afford to dwell on their 34-3 defeat to Munster ahead of next weekend’s European Challenge Cup semi-final.
The Gunners held the Irish province to a 10-3 lead at the break after Tom Heathcote had opened the scoring on three minutes, but four unanswered tries in the second half allowed the Munstermen to secure a bonus-point win that takes them up to second in the Guinness PRO12 with a superior points difference to rivals Ulster.
There’s games you’ve just got to take your hat off to them and they were the better team.
Roddy Grant on Edinburgh’s thumping defeat to Munster
Defeat for Edinburgh means they still have it all to do with three rounds remaining if they are to climb up to the coveted sixth place that would guarantee them a return to the European Champions Cup.
Injuries again played their part in the Gunners’ downfall as in-form scrum-half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne was ruled out with a chest problem before kick-off, while Scotland number eight David Denton left the field after just 12 minutes.
There were no such problems for Munster as Anthony Foley recalled a trio of Ireland internationals, including Paul O’Connell.
Despite the manner of defeat, Grant admits that Munster deserved their victory and Edinburgh will have no shortage of motivation for the challenge awaiting them next week.
“It’s going to be a pretty grim weekend,” Grant said.
“We’ll hurt quite badly – as you do with any loss – but it’s professional sport.
“We can’t afford to mope around on Monday, because there’s a huge game next weekend.
“We didn’t play well, but they played a lot better than us.
“There’s games you’ve just got to take your hat off to them, and they were the better team.
“So we’ll look at things. We’ll flush it and get on for the next one.”
Alan Solomons and his men must now regroup quickly as an in-form Newport Gwent Dragons head to BT Murrayfield for an 80-minute showdown to reach the Challenge Cup final against Gloucester or Exeter Chiefs at The Stoop on Friday 1 May.
The Dragons are on a three-game winning run that includes home wins over Cardiff Blues – that got them into the Challenge Cup semi-finals – and they came from behind today to stun defending PRO12 champions Leinster 25-22 at Rodney Parade.
Grant conceded it was a bad day at the office, but he knows Edinburgh can play better than their display against Munster, and expects them to come out firing when the Dragons arrive in the Scottish capital next Friday.
“To be a professional player, you need to be able to get up and move on from things like this,” he added.
“It’s frustrating. A bad day at the office and they played well – a combination of the two.
“I guess that’s the challenge. The easy thing is we can play a lot better than that.
“I’ve no doubt we will, get back on the horse and come out firing.
“The wounded animal is always the more dangerous one.”