Wednesday 7 December 2016

No panic buttons yet - Holland

John Fallon

Published 16/02/2016 | 02:30

Billy Holland has said that Munster will not panic despite Sunday’s disappointing 21-17 loss to Ospreys. Photo: Sportsfile
Billy Holland has said that Munster will not panic despite Sunday’s disappointing 21-17 loss to Ospreys. Photo: Sportsfile

Stand-in captain Billy Holland said Munster would not panic despite Sunday's 21-17 loss to Ospreys leaving them in danger of missing out on Champions Cup rugby next season.

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That was Munster's fifth loss in 13 games in the league and leaves them just three points inside the top six, with Ospreys and champions Glasgow Warriors hot on their heels.

Munster have now lost their last three home games in the league, having won the first four. The defeats to Connacht, Leinster and now Ospreys mean they have not won at home in the Pro12 defeating Ulster in October.

But Holland is not too alarmed.

"Look, we have a game in hand and plenty to go. No panic buttons have been pressed yet but next Friday is huge in terms of keeping in touch with the top four and staying ahead of Glasgow and Ospreys who are still behind us," he said.

Anthony Foley's men head to Scotland to take on Glasgow on Kilmarnock FC's appropriately named Rugby Park on Friday, and Holland is confident they can bounce back in a repeat of last year's final.

"We had a tough month of December and we had won four out of our last five games and we were on a bit of an upward curve and then to lose when we had done a lot of the hard work and maybe sub-consciously we had switched off," said the 30-year-old.

"Glasgow is another eight pointer but we'll review and reassess. There's no time for moping around."

Francis Saili, who scored his first competitive try in 15 appearances on Sunday, is a doubt after picking up a suspected concussion in the closing stages and he will be assessed in the next few days.

Dave O'Callaghan, a late withdrawal with a rib injury for the Ospreys game, will also be monitored, while Denis Hurley has returned to full training and Stephen Archer continues to make progress from injury.

Irish Independent

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