Monday 9 December 2019

Anthony Foley: 'Munster need to do better'

Anthony Foley gives instructions during training ahead of Munster's clash with Treviso
Anthony Foley gives instructions during training ahead of Munster's clash with Treviso

Head Coach Anthony Foley said Munster need to improve in the wake of their 21-10 win over Benetton Treviso.

Munster secured their first win in Guinness PRO12 on Friday night but Foley believes that there are areas of improvement needed.

"Certainly in the first half, we played with a lot of intensity and physicality in our game. Good discipline, good use of ball, but unfortunately we didn't turn around in the second half and have the same level of performance. We fell back in the penalty count and after that Treviso played a lot more rugby in our half. It was disappointing because any time we got into their half we looked very threatening.

Foley said he felt Munster's physicality was a big improvement on their lacklustre performance against Edinburgh.

"Our physicality was much better and the use of ball, we used it a lot better this week. In particular in the first half our ball carries were beating the first man we were getting them on the front foot and we had them under pressure."

Foley also bemoaned the high penalty count at scrum time.

"We can control that better, we don't need to be going to ground and we can't allow a referee to make those decisions. We came out the worst end out of the penalty count even though at times it looked like we had the dominant scrum, we have to take those decisions away from the officials and keep them in our own hands."

Foley also welcomed the return of returning players.

"It was great to have James Cronin back, I thought he was a force up front. Duncan Williams created an awful lot in and around the base and had a good connection with Keats. Ivan Dineen stood up at 12 and put in a very physical performance for us. I thought Felix Jones as captain led the team well and gave a very solid performance out the back."

Munster next face Zebre in Round 3 of the Guinness PRO12, this Friday night at Thomond Park, KO 7.30pm

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