Friday 30 September 2016

O'Donnell wary of Treviso

John Fallon

Published 23/04/2015 | 02:30

Tommy O’Donnell has warned his Munster team-mates that they will drop points against Treviso on Saturday if they approach the game with the wrong attitude
Tommy O’Donnell has warned his Munster team-mates that they will drop points against Treviso on Saturday if they approach the game with the wrong attitude

Tommy O'Donnell has warned his Munster team-mates that they will drop points against Treviso on Saturday if they approach the game with the wrong attitude..

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With just three rounds of the Pro12 reaming this season Munster are bidding to secure a vital home semi-final- they are second in the table, ahead of Ulster on points difference.

The sides meet in a fortnight in Belfast, but O'Donnell is wary of looking past the Italians, who are locked in their own battle for Champions Cup qualification with Zebre.

A bonus point win on Saturday would be Munster's third in their last three Pro12 games, but with two losses in the last five meetings between the sides, O'Donnell is wary of the Italians.

"If you approach it in the wrong way, it will be a slip-up. But we are not approaching it in a lackadaisical way," said O'Donnell, who will make his 100th Munster appearance on Saturday.

"We have to approach it like they are the best team in the league. They are a tough team, hard to break down.

"You have to go out there and give your all, then look for the gaps when the game is getting to a high intensity."

While Leinster players were ensconced in Champions Cup action last weekend, O'Donnell and his Munster colleagues had a weekend off.

It's far from what they wanted - they'd prefer to have been in Marseilles or St Etienne - but the Tipperary native is happy that the province's form has peaked again since their exit at the group stages of the European competition

"There is nothing really else to concentrate on now. It is great that we are in the position we are in. We have done well in the Pro12 since we were knocked out of Europe," he said.

"Every game from here on in is going to be big. We are targeting a semi-final and final."

Irish Independent

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