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Foley gets fillip from young Munster

MUNSTER forwards coach Anthony Foley hailed the Celtic league champions' strength in depth after they swept aside Edinburgh 34-17 at Thomond Park on Saturday.

Tony McGahan made 13 changes for the RaboDirect PRO12 visit of the Scottish side, which prompted the remarkable statistic that 22 of the 23 Munster squad on display were home-grown.

A boisterous scrum, essentially turning this entertaining encounter on its head in the 55th minute, secured Munster their third penalty try of the season, pushing them into an 18-10 lead with the boon of having two extra men on the field.

From there, they drove on to a handsome bonus-win, young Ennis debutant Luke O'Dea pouncing gleefully to claim the fourth try, appropriately enough in the corner nearest the Shannon clubhouse.

"You're delighted when you make 13 changes," said Foley.


"It takes a while to bed in, but we'd a good week's training under our belts. To come out and get a bonus-point win against an Edinburgh team in good form was a good day out for us.

"The aim is always to get the win, the same in every game. You target your home games to win. But when they had only 13 men on and we'd three tries, you go after them and, fortunately, Luke got over in the corner. So, very happy with five points."

Meanwhile, Connacht coach Eric Elwood called on his side to be more ruthless after their 17-6 reversal by Ospreys at the Sportsground on Saturday.

"It's disappointing," Elwood said. "We gave away two soft scores and when we got into the opposition '22', we lost the ball six or seven times in contact. They got their chances and they took them, and with the elements the way they were, good luck to them.

"We have to be more clinical, more ruthless and more physical."