Tuesday 21 November 2017

Fate is in our own hands - Holland

Billy Holland on the charge against Treviso during last month’s Champions Cup clash. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Billy Holland on the charge against Treviso during last month’s Champions Cup clash. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

John Fallon

Stand-in skipper Billy Holland said that Munster have their destiny in their own hands as they head into the business end of the season.

And Holland said the place to start shaping that is in Italy on Sunday when they will take on a Treviso side who didn't win a game in a year but who have now chalked up two victories in a row.

Munster will go into that match outside the top six after successive losses to Ospreys and Glasgow, but Holland said they are still in control of their own fate and they need to capitalise on that.

"We play all of the teams ahead of us, bar one. We don't play Ulster again. It is in our hands 100pc. We have control over the destiny of our season.

"But it is about eradicating the mistakes that we are making at the moment. Take the Glasgow game, being 14-0 down against last year's champions after eight minutes. You can't give that sort of head start to teams like that.

"We showed a huge amount of character to get back, get ahead and then a few silly mistakes in the second half which are killing us.

"But I think there are so many fellas showing up, showing a huge amount of character. Not everything is going our way, we are making silly mistakes but there is a lot of good stuff in there as well."

Holland said that he knows Treviso, playing their third successive home game, will be full of confidence as they bid to extend their winning run under new coach Kieran Crowley.

"They're on a bit of a roll, they have won two, we have lost our last two unfortunately. We will be looking to turn that around. We played them in Europe in the middle of January and since then they have kicked on.


"They are a very passionate side at home in particular. . . their new coach who has worked with them in the past, he is very innovative," added Holland.

Munster have already defeated Treviso three times this season, twice in the Champions Cup, but they haven't had it all their own way at Stadio Monigo. Munster have only won twice on their five visits there, but came away with a 21-10 last season having lost the two previous contests in Treviso.

Overall, this will be the 12th meeting between the sides in the league, and Munster have won eight and lost three of the previous 11 clashes.

Irish Independent

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