Sunday 23 October 2016

Good run will boost squad for Europe

David Wallace

Published 16/09/2016 | 02:30

Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

It's still so early in the reign of Rassie Erasmus and it would be crazy to panic after one home defeat, as difficult as it must have been after that one-point loss to Cardiff last weekend.

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It's never nice to lose in front of your home crowd but there were plenty of glimpses that Munster have the firepower to cause teams problems, and the defence can be a very efficient unit when they work together, like they did away to Scarlets in week one.

Obviously there were a few system errors that led to a couple of the Cardiff tries but a man of the calibre of Jacques Nienaber will have those ironed out and the players will learn from the experience.

There is still a real air of optimism around the province. Everything seems to be heading in the right direction.

I'm confident the guys will pick it up and bounce back with a win over Dragons. And with a home fixture to come against Edinburgh on September 24, Munster could well have taken three wins from their opening four games.

It would all be in stark contrast to the last few years when Munster have tended to struggle at the start of the season. A run like this would be the perfect boost ahead of a tricky Champions Cup group.

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