Monday 20 February 2017

Erasmus facing a headache after Munster rout Treviso to go top

Munster 46 Treviso 3

Declan Rooney

Published 28/11/2016 | 02:30

Rassie Erasmus:
Rassie Erasmus: "I'd be lying if I say we're not mentally in a good place". Photo: Sportsfile

Rassie Erasmus admitted his side are on a real high as they reached the top of the table for the first time this season.

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This seven-try win against a weakened Treviso is not likely to have set the pulses racing for supporters, but the Reds were ruthless and they drilled home their superiority until the last minute.

Munster's Alex Wootton, supported by team-mate Angus Lloyd, goes through to score his side's sixth try. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Munster's Alex Wootton, supported by team-mate Angus Lloyd, goes through to score his side's sixth try. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Tyler Bleyendaal was outstanding again. His accuracy from the boot in picking out his wingers is a sight to behold and he played a key role in four tries.

Ronan O'Mahony and Andrew Conway accounted for four of those, while replacement winger Alex Wootton and Darren O'Shea bagged their first Munster tries to complement Robin Copeland's opener.

"I'd be lying if I say we're not mentally in a good place," said Erasmus. "I guess the trick will always be to enjoy it, get back on task, go back into the next game and try and execute a plan.

"You can enjoy this moment but then a win or a loss determines if you enjoy the week after. We are in a good place. We're not going to be stupid but we are where we want to be."

Munster's Darren O'Shea of Munster wins possession in a lineout ahead of Marco Lazzaroni. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Munster's Darren O'Shea of Munster wins possession in a lineout ahead of Marco Lazzaroni. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

This was a well executed victory for Munster, who cut loose after being matched by Treviso for 20 minutes. Copeland's try gave them a lead to set them on their way, with Conway and O'Mahony finishing off Bleyendaal's good work.

The efficiency of his team pleased Erasmus.

"I guess we're always moaning about the rich clubs having all the money and all the players so when we for once get into a position with options to pick from, we must enjoy the moment and make the right selections and keep all guys motivated," said Erasmus.

"It's a nice headache to have. We'll check tonight's Irish performance and then we'll have to make some tough decisions, which is a fortunate position to be in."

Munster's Ian Keatley kicks a conversion. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Munster's Ian Keatley kicks a conversion. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Munster - A Conway; D Sweetnam (A Wootton 57), S Arnold, J Taute, R O'Mahony; T Bleyendaal (I Keatley 67), D Williams (A Lloyd 67); D Kilcoyne (T du Toit 47), R Marshall (N Scannell 62), J Ryan (S Archer 62); D Foley (J Kleyn 54), D O'Shea; J O'Donoghue, T O'Donnell (c) (B Holland 53), R Copeland.
Treviso - J Hayward; M Tagicakibau, T Iannone (D Odiete 43), A Sgarbi (c), L Sperandio (A Pratichetti 57); I McKinley, T Tebaldi; A De Marchi (F Zani 57), L Bigi (D Giazzon 49), M Zanusso (T Pasquali 49); F Gerosa (R Santamaria 48 HIA), M Van Vuren (F Conforti 63); M Lazzaroni, F Ferrarini, M Barbini.
Ref -M Adamson (SRU).

Darren O'Shea of Munster scores his side's fourth try. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Darren O'Shea of Munster scores his side's fourth try. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

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