Sunday 24 September 2017

Reds' morale 'a little bit low' - Holland

Munster lock Billy Holland. Photo: Sportsfile
Munster lock Billy Holland. Photo: Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Munster lock Billy Holland says confidence in the province has taken a hit since last Saturday's Champions Cup semi-final defeat to Saracens, but he thinks the side can still kick on a claim some silverware this season.

A win in Italy against Treviso on Saturday will guarantee Munster a home semi-final in the Guinness PRO12, and with history suggesting a spot in the final will follow - no team has ever lost a home semi-final in the league - Munster are still in the hunt for glory.

Holland, 31, says the side will need to draw on their mental strength to park last weekend's disappointment and add another away win to their tally.

"(Confidence) is dented, yes, but we have a really tough game this weekend," said Holland. "Treviso have a huge amount to play for. They have won their last two games at home. There is a lot of guys with bumps, bruises, morale is a little bit low, so we have a big task to pick ourselves up and go again. We have a lot to go for.

"Look, you can't wallow in your own self-pity for too long. You wake up Sunday morning and it is a horrible place to be.

"You come back in here and realise what we have left to play for this season and what we can still achieve."

Meanwhile, Rugby Players Ireland are on the look out for a new chief executive after they confirmed yesterday that Omar Hassanein will move to the International Players Association who are moving their base to Dublin in the coming months. Simon Keogh will take over as acting CEO.

Irish Independent

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