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Last Updated: Saturday, 10 April, 2004, 18:34 GMT 19:34 UK
Munster were lucky - O'Gara
Ronan O'Gara
While we were very much in control for quite a lot of match, it was a game we could have lost
Ronan O'Gara
Munster hero Ronan O'Gara refused to celebrate too much after his side's 37-32 Heineken Cup quarter-final victory over Stade Franšais at Thomond Park.

O'Gara, who was voted man-of-the-match, said Munster were lucky to survive against their French opponents.

"At times I felt we were a bit cumbersome," said O'Gara, who kicked 17 points in his side's victory.

"Our creativity was also short of our normal standards and I really think we had a lucky escape."

However, O'Gara was delighted with the way Munster began the game.

"I thought our start to the game was the key," he said. "We were outstanding in that opening 20 minutes or so. We just controlled everything.

''But to build a lead of 14 points against a French team is nothing. We saw how they are able to come back.

''So while we were very much in control for quite a lot of match, it was a game we could have lost.

''They certainly gave us a fright at the start of the second half. It just showed what quality players they had. But we did well in the end to close the game out.''

Munster coach Alan Gaffney was a little happier.

It doesn't really matter whether we meet Gloucester or Wasps, they are both good sides
Alan Gaffney

"I was very pleased with what we did today.'' said the Australian. ''We were the better team on the day.

''But still, the scoreline showed 37-32 and at the end of the day Stade could have still won the game.

''They are a very dangerous side, but we always knew it would go down right to the wire. What we thought was going to happen did happen.

''I have to give praise to Stade on the way they hung in. 'French sides are renowned for falling down when they go behind. But not Stade, they just kept coming at us.

''I'm just so delighted at the victory.

"It doesn't really matter whether we meet Gloucester or Wasps. They are both good sides.''

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