Munster centre Scannell: Our indiscipline is down to ourselves, not referees
Munster centre Rory Scannell has urged his team-mates to take responsibility upon themselves, and not blame referees in their quest to eradicate their disciplinary issues.
Munster have picked up six yellow cards and a red since Johann van Graan took over, which has resulted in plenty of soul-searching within the squad.
Van Graan has already publicly admitted that his players must be smarter in their decision-making and Scannell echoed his head coach's sentiments.
"You do look at the referees, but I do think most of the penalties we are giving away at the moment are in our control rather than the referee's," Scannell said.
"If we cut those ones out and adapt to the different referees each week, I am sure our penalty account would be a lot lower.
"It's about controlling the controllables and not every decision is going to be right, but we need to cut out the ones that we can control ourselves and not bring the referees into it."
Munster face Connacht at Thomond Park tomorrow evening as they look to win their first interpro of the season. The Reds already lost to the Westerners back in October and Scannell insisted that if his side are to end a run of four derby defeats, their discipline must improve.
"When you are giving away double-digit penalties, especially away from home, in big games, with excellent goal kickers, you are going to struggle," he added.
"When you build up that number of penalties, you are also going to get some cards. It is critical to have 15 players on the pitch for the full 80 minutes."
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