Tuesday 24 January 2017

Holland targets revenge

John Fallon

Published 04/03/2016 | 02:30

Munster's Billy Holland. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Munster's Billy Holland. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Experienced Munster forward Billy Holland says they are treating every game like a cup final at this stage as they bid to secure qualification for Europe next year.

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Munster's qualification for the Champions Cup has been put in peril by poor results this season, especially at home where they have lost their last three games in the Pro12.

But Holland said they must turn it around, starting tomorrow when they seek revenge on a Dragons side who turned them over 22-6 in Newport before Christmas.

"We are treating all these games at the moment like a cup final. We got beaten up by the Dragons over in Rodney Parade. They're a team who have the highest number of turnovers in the league. Sometimes they play with two sevens. They are a team who are very good at the breakdown so we have to get our physicality right. We have got to get our set-piece, our scrum and lineout right, get our basics right and then after that it will flow," said Holland.

The 30-year-old said that with eight teams battling it out for Champions Cup qualification and an equally tight battle for the semi-final spots, it promises to be a frenetic finish to the campaign.

"It's the thing about these games, at the moment, if you win you are heading towards the play-offs. It's that tight at the moment," he added.

Irish Independent

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