Munster coach Foley laments side's lack of accuracy
Gloucester 45 Munster 8
Munster coach Anthony Foley said his side need to discover how to maintain possession and control the game after a six-try defeat in his first game in the hot-seat.
The two-time Heineken Cup winners were dominated from start to finish by Laurie Fisher’s and David Humphreys’ experienced side as Cian Bohane’s late try and a Johnny Holland penalty was all Munster could muster in reply.
Foley used all 24 of his squad, which included 11 debutants, as he cast his eye across the depth and talent available to him.
And despite the hefty loss, the coach was satisfied with his side’s efforts against a full-strength Gloucester, especially their appetite to fight on as they scores kept rolling in.
“We showed a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of workrate, but what we lacked was accuracy. We couldn’t keep possession,” said Foley.
“I thought they acquitted themselves quite well physically out there but we need to learn how to control the game and how to maintain possession and build pressure on the opposition.
“We didn’t show anything in the attacking side of the game.”
Gloucester – R Cook (S McColl 55); C Sharples (S Monahan 72), H Trinder (H Purdy 63), B Twelvetrees (M Atkinson 68), J May (T Isaacs 63); J Hook (B Burns 60), G Laidlaw (C Braley 51); D Murphy (Y Thomas 51), R Hibbard (D Dawidiuk 51), J Afoa (S Puafisi 51); T Savage (R Moriarty 62), J Hudson (T Palmer 51); S Kalamafoni, M Kvesic (J Rowan 63), B Morgan (E Stooke 51).
Munster: S Fitzgerald (G O’Shea 69); R O’Mahony, C Bohane, I Dineen (R Scannell 56), D Sweetnam (N Hodson 77); J Holland (D Johnston 64), D Williams (C Sheridan 40) (R Foley 77); A Cotter (J Ryan 40), G Slattery (K O’Byrne 40), BJ Botha (N Horan 67); D O’Callaghan, S McCarthy; S Buckley, B O’Mahony (R Murphy 64), CJ Stander (J Madigan 56).
Ref – G Garner (RFU)