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The job is not finished yet, insists Foley

Munster coach refusing to think about home semi-final as he focuses on 'feisty' closing games

Declan Rooney

Published 17/04/2015 | 02:30

Anthony Foley has his sights set on a vital home semi-final in the Pro12 (SPORTSFILE)
Anthony Foley has his sights set on a vital home semi-final in the Pro12 (SPORTSFILE)

Munster coach Anthony Foley has urged his side to avoid table watching for the next few weeks as they go in search of a vital home semi-final in the Pro12.

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Munster are second in the standings, with just points difference keeping them ahead of Ulster.

Both teams are locked on 63 points and 13 wins each, but Munster's 34-3 away win in Edinburgh has given Foley's side a significant scoring difference boost.

But the former Munster skipper has warned that nothing is for certain just yet and without three good performances against Treviso, Ulster and Dragons their accumulated points won't matter a jot.

"I know people talk about home semi-finals, but at the moment with the way the top half of the league is working, you want to make sure you're into the top four and get into the knockout stages," said Foley.

"You have to get one first you know. If we're going into the last weekend and we can stay in the top two then you work to that.

"I don't think looking up the table is wise, particularly with some of the fixtures that are going to come in the next two rounds in particular, which are going to be feisty.

"This just keeps us in the hunt for the top four. It was very important for us to win the game for us to get the extra point, but it wasn't something we had obviously planned.

"But it's something we'll take and something that we think our second-half performance deserved."

With all of his squad now back from international duty and fighting for game-time, Foley has some tough team selections ahead of him.

And with a united group pushing each other for starting berths, he is hopeful of finishing strongly.

"We don't look of it as the internationals coming back, we see it as everybody coming home," said the Munster coach.

"It's one big group and we're moving forward - we need everybody for this latter part of this league campaign.

"We have three games left, two at home and obviously you want to try and win your home games and try and sneak a couple of points away.

"It's an excellent league and there's a lot of teams capable of beating one another."

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