Monday 26 February 2018

Dineen puts swagger down to penney factor

Centre Ivan Dineen says he is revelling in the style of play Munster are producing under Rob Penney, WRITES JOHN FALLON.

The 26-year-old has been in superb form in both of the opening wins over Zebre and Edinburgh, scoring his second Munster try in the victory over the Scots as he followed up on his impressive pre-season form.

The Cork native, who has had to battle a series of injuries, said that confidence is high in the squad.

"I think it's exciting because we have had a great start, the way we threw the ball around against Gloucester in wet conditions and against Edinburgh, I thought it was about the most exciting rugby we've played in a long time; knowing when to pass, to kick or carry it up the middle and keep it tight," said Dineen.

"I can even see from 12 months ago to now the standard of even how we pass the ball and which we move and play, the game we play has gone up hugely and there is no option but to be that good.

"For example, against Edinburgh I think there was only one ball ,or two maximum, that hit the ground; that's the standard we have to be at, but it's outstanding.

"There is a lot of competition in the back line, a big mix, but I think it's great."

Irish Independent

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