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|In a different life, Rassie Erasmus and Reggie Corrigan shared the Lansdowne Road turf when South Africa came to Dublin in 1998 and blew Ireland away.
The venue looked very different on Saturday when the two old pros came face-to-face for a post-match interview at the Aviva Stadium, the former Leinster captain on duty for TG4 and the ex-Springbok the director of rugby at Munster.
Skilled in the art of diplomacy, Erasmus took a different approach to his captain when Corrigan put it to him that his team had lacked intensity in their defeat to Leinster - but the surprised, slightly annoyed look on his face offered a window into his true feelings.Peter O'Mahony wore his affront on his sleeve and wasn't afraid to show http://www.officialbluesauthentic.com/authentic-34-jake-allen-jersey.html it in a moment that gained momentum online in the hours that followed.
The days when Munster pin articles on the wall in search of motivation are in the past, but work-rate is a fundamental they pride themselves on and Corrigan's Leinster credentials probably helped stoke O'Mahony's fire.
Yesterday, CJ Stander and Erasmus were measured in their response to the critique, finding comfort in the GPS numbers that suggest their efforts were right where they wanted to and that it was, in fact, their discipline that had let them down."I saw the clip," Erasmus said. "That is the way Pete feels.
"Most teams go to Leinster, Northampton got 50 put on them last year... they smash most teams there so for us to go there, we experimented with a few things there, we lost by six points, conceded 11 penalties, I really don't think it was a matter of intensity, it was a matter of indiscipline.
"I don't know the guy who asked the questions and maybe he meant (it) in a nice way , I didn't hear it, but I don't understand why anyone would ask a question like that because we didn't lack intensity so, yeah, let's put that one behind us if we can."
Stander was not surprised to see the team's leader stand up for the players.
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"JJ has slotted in well and I think we are fortunate now, whereas at some stages last year we had to hold our breath when Tyler was injured and we only had Ian Keatley standing. So we are in a healthy position," he said. "We gave all three enough game-time to play around with him and the 'A' side is starting to play, so JJ did well Ian Keatley had a great game the previous week and we know what Tyler can do.
"When he played 10 on Saturday we were chasing the game we had got a yellow card and we were out of the game a little bit. It wasn't a game where you could dictate... he has definitely got that ability.
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