Sunday 25 March 2018

Stander relishing first final prospect

CJ Stander has his sights set on winning his first trophy with Munster
CJ Stander has his sights set on winning his first trophy with Munster
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

CJ Stander's remarkable season continued as he picked up yet another man of the match award on Saturday but the South African powerhouse has set his sights on the big prize.

The 25-year-old is in his third year with Munster and has yet to win a trophy but this Saturday, he will have the chance to put that right.

"It's massive. I've been looking forward to this semi-final all week and all year to get into the final," Stander said after his side's enthralling 21-18 win over the Ospreys.

"It's been a great year for me, it's great for the boys also and for me to get into the final. That's what you play for.

"That's what I was playing for all year and it's great to play in Ireland and hopefully we get a massive red crowd there. I know we will and it's going to be great on Saturday," he added.

Glasgow Warriors stand in Munster's way and although Stander isn't underestimating the scale of the task that lies ahead for his side, he is adamant they will have learned from the second-half mistakes made against the Ospreys.

"Next week's a big final, playing against the best team in the league and we need to stop giving tries away in the second half," he insisted.

"You need to get your hands on the ball and just keep it, play your game and play it in their half.

"We didn't do that. Small mistakes here and there, concentration lapses, we need to fix that for next week.

"It's still an away game for us. It doesn't matter who we're playing we're still going to play our game, keep doing what we're going to do," he added.

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