Keith Earls admits an inability to convert chances into tries has hampered Munster this season.

The province fell short in Paris to Racing 92 on Sunday, leaving their hopes of reaching the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals in tatters.

Ireland and Munster wing Earls acknowledged that profligacy has been a talking point among the squad.

"That's something we spoke about and something we look at every review session, that we are creating the opportunities. But we're just not taking them for whatever reason, I don't know," he said.

"But I think the positive is we are creating them and it's all just about taking them now."

Munster can still reach the European quarter-finals but require a bonus point as well as defeats this weekend for three of the four sides currently ranked above them.

But Earls is focusing more on Munster's own task rather than results out of their control.

"That's all we can do, think about our own performance and win," he said.

Keith Earls in action against Racing 92
Keith Earls in action against Racing 92

"People are going to be talking about bonus points and stuff. But I think it's important for us to put a performance together in front of our fans.

"We're back home again and everything is out of our control. But stranger things have happened."

Earls felt the scoreline in Paris "didn't reflect" Munster's performance and echoed head coach Johann van Graan's view that it was their best start in recent times.

"I think that first half is the best start we've had in a long time," he said.

"And I think our discipline, we gave away a penalty and they just upped the tempo then with their power.

"Their power forced us into more penalties and then advantage and then they try something and they get a try. 

"And it's just a snowball effect from there."