Penney upset with Munster's preparation
MUNSTER head coach Rob Penney questioned his side's attitude after they lost 29-23 to Edinburgh in their Heineken Cup pool six clash on Saturday.
They had touched down in the Scottish capital fresh from their impressive 19-15 win over Leinster last week, but there was little sign of their first-half dominance after the break.
Edinburgh survived a first-half battering yet still led 19-17 at the interval, before snatching a 29-23 victory with Tim Visser's late try.
Penney, whose side face Gloucester on Saturday, said: "Edinburgh are a good side and deserved their win.
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"We are ruing some poor mental preparation because you don't change from one week to the next like that physically in any way.
"Our mental application was nowhere near what it needed to be.
"I can't take anything away from Edinburgh at all. They nullified our threat, defended well and took their opportunities.
"We weren't good at all but that's not taking anything away from Edinburgh – we were not allowed to be good."
Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons believes his side are still some way off being a competitive unit, despite masterminding them to a shock win over Munster.
Solomons, who took over a month before the season started, has watched his men since sink to the depths of the RaboDirect Pro12 table with win just one win from five games.
But 19 points from skipper Greig Laidlaw kept them competitive as they made the most of their meagre opportunities against Munster.
Solomons said: "We know we have got a long way to go. We are under no illusions on that.
"But to me, it is important that we keep improving week by week.
"It was great for the guys that they got that result. It was a real boost to their confidence.
"Of course, that will help them take their next step up, but what we have been saying is that we need to be performance focused, not result-focused.
"If we get our performances right, and we have been so close, we will be okay.
"I'm a massive believer that the difference between success and failure is the finest line in the world. If you persevere, you will cross that line."