Munster head coach Johann van Graan believes there are "a lot of positives" to take from the Heineken Champions Cup defeat to Racing 92.

The result effectively ends the province's hopes of reaching the competition's last-eight, although there is still a mathematical chance of progression depending on results elsewhere.

Munster currently sit 11th in the qualification standings for the quarter-finals behind pool rivals Saracens as well as Gloucester, Northampton and Glasgow Warriors.

A bonus-point victory over Ospreys this Sunday coupled with defeats for three of the aforementioned sides this weekend would see Munster advance as one of the best runners-up.

But due to the Racing result, a number of cards would have to fall their way in the other fixtures.

Van Graan has been reflecting on that defeat and in spite of the result, came away from the match sensing there were "positives".

"We did some fantastic things over the weekend," he said.

"I thought that was our best start this whole season. We were 9-0 up after 17-and-a-half minutes and put them under huge pressure and were unfortunate not to score a try there. 

"A lack of discipline from our side brought them back into it and at half-time, we were feeling confident inside. We were leading 16-11, got penalised under the posts. 

"It went backwards and forwards and on 60 minutes, Chris [Farrell] was over the try-line there and couldn't get it down and then JK (Jean Kleyn) was literally a few centimetres short and we left with three (points) in what we believed we needed to leave with seven."