Saturday 24 August 2019

Bleyendaal braced for major backlash

Tyler Bleyendaal Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Tyler Bleyendaal Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Munster out-half Tyler Bleyendaal praised the work of Jacques Nienaber's defence in their win over Leicester, but says he expects a fiery reception when they arrive at Welford Road.

A second win in Pool One has Munster top of the standings with Glasgow Warriors hot on their heels - albeit having played one more game than Rassie Erasmus's side.

Keeping Leicester Tigers scoreless in the Champions Cup was some achievement for Munster - they already kept Ospreys to nil in the Pro12 - and Bleyendaal points to that pressure in defence as critical to the win.

"I had to question that when we actually got them to zero, we're really happy about that.

"It's testament to our defence and also the pressure we put on them in attack," said Bleyendaal, who was in superb kicking form for Erasmus' team with seven from nine off the tee.

"We stopped their momentum with our defence which was a big part of winning that game so we are really happy with that."

Coming into last week's game Munster had lost three in a row to Tigers - including consecutive losses at Thomond Park to Leicester - but they have fared well on Leicester's patch over the years too.

Last season's trip there did end in a 17-6 loss at Welford Road, although Munster tested Tigers to their limits that day, and the New Zealander is wary of facing the wounded beast.

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"It is only half done, but we (must) get stuck into them on their home pitch," said Bleyendaal.

"Look we expect a different game next week, we'll enjoy the win and then prepare for the next day.

"It was a lovely result. We executed our plans and to perform in front of our home crowd, jeez it was really pleasing, there was a lot of pressure out there but we won a few of those moments."

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