Dwayne Peel admitted to mixed feelings following the incredible 49-42 defeat to Munster in Cork on Friday night.
The head coach was full of pride in his side’s remarkable second-half comeback, but rued the false start that saw the home side surge into a 35-7 lead.
“We spoke at half-time that we had two choices, either we roll over or we fight,” said Peel after a match that saw a URC record 13 converted tries scored.
“We came back well, we showed spirit and what we were capable of, but we weren’t happy with giving away 35 points in that first half.
“Some of our play and discipline let us down, we gave Munster too much field position and we didn’t exit well, which was the case on a couple of occasions in the second half as well.
“We had prepped well and were confident coming here that we could give them a game. It was a good game in the end, but, as I said, conceding 35 points in that first half is too much.”
Peel confirmed that Johnny McNicholl will this week have a scan on the knee injury he suffered in the first half.