Johann van Graan. (Photo by Brendan Moran / Sportsfile via Getty Images)

  • Johann van Graan’s tears after Munster’s devastating Champions Cup have stifled criticism that he is no longer committed to the club.
  • The former Springbok assistant has been introduced as Bat’s new coach during the season, leading to serious media attacks on him in Ireland.
  • Van Graan said the pain of losing in the penalty shootout is comparable to the Boxers ’defeat in the 2015 World Cup semifinals by All Blacks.

Had any Irish observers or rugby fans remained skeptical of Johann van Graan’s commitment to the Munster cause, they would have received a decisive response over the weekend.

The 42-year-old former assistant coach of “Springbok” was at the center of one of the sharpest scenes of the season, trying to hold back tears after his club dropped out of the European Champions Cup.

Munster were energetic and determined – although they missed a useful advantage – in the face of the French giants Toulouse for at least 100 minutes in the quarter-final deadlock last weekend, which first went into extra time and then in a series of penalties.

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When the match ended with a score of 24, Toulouse eventually won the sudden death lottery with a score of 4-2 when the radar designed for Munster’s kickers went wrong.

Van Graan, who was killed a few months ago by experts in the Irish media when he was confirmed as the new head coach of Bath from next season, his emotional response showed that he loves the club.

“First, I’m incredibly proud. Today was what Munster Rugby was about. Losing it so, unfortunately, it’s a sport, such rules. Someone has to kill it and someone has to miss it,” he said afterwards.

“If there ever is a day to sum up rugby in Münster, it’s today. A community of 40,000 people traveling. It was definitely one of the best rugby games I’ve ever played with.”

Münster were forced to postpone their match to Dublin’s Aviva Stadium because Thomond Park was out of action due to a recent concert taking place there.

Interestingly, Van Graan likened his rough feelings to defeating the Boxes with a score of 18-20 from the All Blacks in the 2015 World Cup semifinals.

“I told my wife in terms of feelings that it was like the semi-final of the 2015 World Cup in which I participated, in which we lost to the All Blacks with a score of 20-18.

“It’s a feeling that we’ve given everything we have, the players have given everything they have. The management, the staff, the people of Münster have given everything they have. We need to know it’s a game. It’s all about rugby Münster , will be incredibly proud of the 23 guys who performed and fought today. ”

Van Graan’s representation, which began in late 2017, has been criticized for not delivering trophies, but still has a chance to win the elusive United rugby champion title before moving on.

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