Sunday 18 February 2018

Erasmus: We need to be on our toes

Munster coach Rassie Erasmus
Munster coach Rassie Erasmus

Declan Rooney

Munster coach Rassie Erasmus says his side have done their homework on the try-hungry Ospreys, who have devoured almost every defence they have faced to date in the Pro12.

The Welsh outfit, who are the visitors to Irish Independent Park tonight, have scored a stunning 37 tries in their seven games, but as well as that they also possess the best defensive record in the competition with the concession of just 12 tries at the other end.

Munster have failed to beat Ospreys at home on the last two occasions they have met, but Erasmus says the side have been well-prepped on the dangers of the Welsh outfit.

"They have scored something like 15 tries more than other teams in the competition - that says a lot about the way they like to play so it's going to be a challenge," said Erasmus.

"It will be about implementing our systems and accepting that sometimes they are going to catch you and score tries and how you handle that and get back into the game.

"We have analysed them and know they have real threats and good structures and individuals as well. Defensively, we are going to be really tested."

After their win in Ulster, Munster are now just three points behind the leaders and the coach is desperate to keep the good form going ahead of their break from league action.

"This is a very important week for us to keep the momentum going. Our season was going well, then we had a bad loss, and then got momentum going again and we don't want a rollercoaster kind of season.

"Now in Ospreys we are playing a team that is also desperate for a win, one that has scored most tries in the competition and has one of the best defences. It is going to be a severe challenge."

Irish Independent

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