Heineken Cup - Mallinder hails O'Gara

PA Photos - Sun, 11 Apr 14:20:00 2010

Northampton coach Jim Mallinder admitted Saints were powerless to prevent Ronan O'Gara from ending English interest in the Heineken Cup.

Ronan O'Gara - Munster - 0

The Ireland fly-half masterminded Munster's 33-19 victory at Thomond Park that puts the two-time champions on a semi-final collision course with Biarritz.

O'Gara landed 13 points but it was his kicking out of hand that did the damage and Mallinder said: "We talked at half time about what O'Gara would do, though unfortunately talking isn't quite good enough and he's a master."

He added: "It was quite windy out there and he controlled that second half particularly well. O'Gara's a good player and Munster are a good team.

"Defensively we were a little bit off our game and not quite clinical enough in attack.

"We couldn't really get out of our half in the second half. We thought we could break Munster down by playing some rugby and if we looked after the ball we could score some tries, but we needed quality ball but didn't get enough of that.

"We knew we had a chance of winning this game, a good chance. We just didn't perform the way we know we can, but the best team won on the day."

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