Thursday 17 January 2019

'We have one more big week' - Munster targeting home quarter-final ahead of pool finale at Thomond Park

11 January 2019; Joey Carbery of Munster celebrates after scoring his side's fifth try during the Heineken Champions Cup Pool 2 Round 5 match between Gloucester and Munster at Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester, England. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
11 January 2019; Joey Carbery of Munster celebrates after scoring his side's fifth try during the Heineken Champions Cup Pool 2 Round 5 match between Gloucester and Munster at Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester, England. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Joey Carbery said that Munster's attention was firmly focused on securing a home quarter-final in the Champions Cup after they walloped Gloucester at Kingsholm to increase their lead at the top of pool two.

Munster have a great chance of hosting a last eight tie at Thomond Park after securing a bonus point win, with Carbery contributing 26 points with two tries, five conversions and two penalties in a Man of the Match performance.

Johann van Graan's men host Exeter in Limerick next Saturday evening in their pool finale and after the win in Gloucester, Carbery told BT Sport that the squad is preparing for one more 'big week' to make sure of their progression to the knockout stages.

"I'm delighted but what makes me more happy is the scoreboard," Carbery said.

"We put a few things in place during the week so huge credit to the coaches and the team for how we prepared for this.

"It's still not there, we have one more big week so we have to work hard and hopefully we will be in a good position.

CJ Stander, who put in a huge shift at the base of the Munster scrum, paid tribute to his talented backline after a clinical performance.

"They work hard during the week and take charge of what we do as a forward pack," Stander said.

"It is good to see that they get time on the ball and they get the points.

"We make it easy for them, we do the hard work and they get all the glory!.

"Everyone played well today. We let ourselves down a few weeks ago and we need to work hard for the next game to make sure we go through to the quarters."

Carbery returned the favour, as he acknowledged the tenacious display from the Munster forwards.

"Everything we do comes from them, if they don't give us the platform then we have nothing to go on," Carbery said.

"It was a huge team performance tonight."

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