Thursday 27 April 2017

Kilcoyne ready to 'dominate' again

Munster loose-head prop Dave Kilcoyne. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Munster loose-head prop Dave Kilcoyne. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Munster loose-head prop Dave Kilcoyne says it's high time that Munster began to dominant and win big European games again.

The province's win over Glasgow Warriors last time out - thanks to Ian Keatley's late drop-goal - has Rassie Erasmus' side on a high and Kilcoyne is confident they can add a second Champions Cup win to their tally tomorrow at Thomond Park.

Last season Munster lost both home and away to Leicester, which ended their European dreams after four matches, and the Ireland prop is keen to put that right.

"It is a sign of a good side when you don't play your best but still grind out a win like that in Glasgow," said Kilcoyne.

"Look, you could say it is the Munster of old or the new Munster, but we won't read too much into it, we got the win and that's what we're after.

"Munster is steeped in tradition in Europe, and Leicester at home and away are two season-defining games essentially. We have two huge weeks.

"We had a lot to work on from the weekend. It was good to grind out a win like that against tough opposition like Glasgow, but we made hard work of it. We could have been a lot more efficient."

Without England international tighthead Dan Cole to call on, the Tigers' scrum will be weakened slightly tomorrow, but Kilcoyne knows how much strength in depth they still have.

"They have quality right across the team, especially in the front-row. We are going along nicely here so we'll see how Saturday unfolds. They are in form as well so it will be a stern test.

"Leicester are a side not too dissimilar to ourselves. They have a proud tradition in European rugby. But we do too though and we need to get back to winning and dominating in Europe starting this weekend."

Irish Independent

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