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Goal-kicking woes a concern for Foley

Published 30/12/2015 | 02:30

Munster head coach Anthony Foley (Photo: PA)
Munster head coach Anthony Foley (Photo: PA)

Munster coach Anthony Foley has admitted that his side's recent goal-kicking misses are a concern as they look to bring to an end a five-game losing streak.

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Ian Keatley was dropped for last weekend's defeat to Leinster after his recent poor form, while his replacement Tyler Bleyendaal wasn't fit enough to kick at goal which meant that Rory Scannell was drafted in.

Scannell missed a straightforward kick in front of the posts and Munster also declined to take a shot at goal when presented with a kickable opportunity at a crucial part of the game.

"We have said it. Tyler missed one against Dragons, Keats missed one against Leicester and Rory missed one in front of the posts," Foley said.

"There is no hiding away from the fact that we need to be getting those three points, and that builds the scoreboard.

"But they step up and they miss them, we have got to then get back into the game somehow.

"You have to manage all those situations in the background and who's stepping up.

"The last day (Simon) Zebo was slotting them over from everywhere and Lucas (Gonzalez Amorosino) was kicking them as well in the warm-up so there are fellas well able to kick a ball but whether they are able to kick a ball under pressure is the one you'd be reluctant to try to figure out."

Foley also admitted that he spoke to Ian Madigan prior to his move to Bordeaux Begles.

"It all happened very late, we weren't in the shake-up at all around that. I would have spoken to the lad, I'd have known the lad but everything we were told was he was going to Bordeaux," added Foley.

Irish Independent

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