Friday 20 October 2017

Stander calls for better discipline

CJ Stander Photo: Sportsfile
CJ Stander Photo: Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

CJ Stander has warned his Munster team-mates that they won't make progress in the Guinness PRO14 or Champions Cup if they cannot sort out their disciplinary issues.

In the last five games Munster have conceded 46 penalties, and the Irish international has called for an immediate return to an acceptable count as they launch their assault on Europe.

"We know that in the Pro14 and Europe you can't have more than six penalties in a game. You give teams four easy penalties and they go to the posts," said Stander.

"That's something we need to look at ourselves, individually going through the week and know that we understand the game and what we need to do in the game.

"And maybe (we need to) talk a bit more about discipline, especially going into these weeks: understand that you can't give teams easy three points in front of the posts.

"I think as an individual we should look back and make sure you don't the simple errors again."

It is a delicate balance as teams seek to be as efficient in defence and at the breakdown as possible, without conceding penalties, and Stander thinks his side cannot row back too far from their physicality.

"You can't step too far back, because you'll just go back to the normal ways you've been doing it. For us, we want to grow from last year and move on, get better at the stuff we started in pre-season and make sure the stuff we worked on last year is improved on. Keep on going with them."

Despite two losses in three games, Stander thinks there is plenty of effort being delivered from his team-mates.

"But the boys are working hard, I promise you that. They'll work for that badge until the jerseys are ripped off them. Because you know if they don't work hard for the team then someone else is going to step in. And that's not what we want."

Irish Independent

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