Sunday 25 August 2019

Discipline is key this weekend: Van Graan

Munster coach Johann van Graan has warned his players that discipline will be key in their PRO14 clash with Cardiff Blues in Irish Independent Park tonight. (stock photo)
Munster coach Johann van Graan has warned his players that discipline will be key in their PRO14 clash with Cardiff Blues in Irish Independent Park tonight. (stock photo)

John O'Sullivan

Munster coach Johann van Graan has warned his players that discipline will be key in their PRO14 clash with Cardiff Blues in Irish Independent Park tonight.

Cardiff come into the game with genuine aspirations of finishing in the top three of Conference A of the Pro14, and the Blues - who have won their last three league fixtures - are currently tied with Connacht in the race for the play-offs.

Out-half Gareth Anscombe had an 80 per cent success rate from the tee during the Six Nations and Van Graan believes Munster will have to be at the top of their game to deny him opportunities.

"We gave a few soft ones away on Saturday, especially in the first half and it's something we as a team aspire to do better and I thought we did it pretty well in the second half," said Van Graan.

"Anscombe has been fantastic all year and over the last few seasons, whether he plays 10 or 15, he's a special player so we're just going to have to be top-notch."

Van Graan believes Munster's victory over Edinburgh in the Champions Cup last weekend will boost the squad.

"A quality side, they put us under pressure and I thought we handled it quite well. Once we got in front I felt we closed out the game well."

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