Tuesday 19 September 2017

Erasmus insists: We can get better

Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus:
Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus: "Some guys play well away from home, others guys play better at home, and we have to learn all that together and understand one another." Photo: Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus thinks his side still have plenty of room for improvement despite sitting pretty on top of the Pro12 standings.

A tenth win of the league away to Connacht last weekend has his side well placed in the competition, but without a Pro12 game until February there will be a slight change of focus in the coming weeks against some clinical opponents.

But the South African coach insists that everyone in the team can still find some way to better their skill-set as they approach the run-in to the season.

"No, we have to go a while, a long way still. The reason for that is simply, not the size of the squad, but some guys will do well and some guys will struggle under pressure," said Erasmus.

"Some guys play well away from home, others guys play better at home, and we have to learn all that together and understand one another."

Nine wins from their last ten games means there is considerable confidence and momentum around Munster's game right now.

But Erasmus says he wants to reserve judgement until his side are really tested by Europe's best in a tight, pressurised game.

Tomorrow Munster face a real test when they take on Top14 champions Racing 92 at Stade Yves Du Manoir in Paris, and this is a great chance for the Munster coaches to run their eye over the squad against a physical, skilful outfit.

"The game plan should fit those guys. We can always get better at the breakdown, at the lineout and in our kicking game so it is more or less there.

"But we haven't had a lot of pressure situations where we were behind or in front. So we have a lot of things to learn from one another."

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