MUNSTER captain Peter O’Mahony says his side will have to be in the right frame of mind against Ulster and not allow them get a head start like Leinster did at Thomond Park on St Stephen’s Day.
They travel north on Monday, hoping to atone for the loss to the Blues.
“It’s disappointing but you have to go out and get a foothold in the game and we did that and scored two tries quite quickly. It shows that if we rock up in the right frame of mind or whatever it is, you know we can do damage.
“But if you let a team like that get away from you, it’s very difficult even with two tries after half-time.
“There are battles in lots of games you win and lose and we seemed to lose a lot of big ones which is disappointing.”
O’Mahony put a few turbulent weeks behind him where his Munster future was in doubt and while losing to Leinster is never easy to stomach for the Corkman, he reckons the Blues are again the team to beat in the PRO14.
“I’m impressed with them,” he admitted. “They’re always a good side and you know every year it’s difficult. You know it’s a big game and they’ve proved over the last few weeks how good they are.
“To come out this week and put a performance in like that in the first 40 is impressive.
“Look, there’s always something special about derbies and you never want to lose one so yeah it’s difficult. The supporters come out and spend a lot of money to see you play and we expect to win,” he insisted.
O’Mahony will most likely be rested for the game against Ulster under IRFU player welfare protocol.