Saturday 20 July 2019

Flannery: We are not putting more emphasis on home games

Munster forwards coach Jerry Flannery. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / Sportsfile
Munster forwards coach Jerry Flannery. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Munster forwards coach Jerry Flannery has dismissed the notion that they are placing more emphasis on winning their home matches.

And despite a winning record of more than 75pc for home teams in the opening four rounds of this season's Guinness PRO14, Flannery said he doesn't see a case where sides are targeting their home matches and sending weaker squads when they are away.

"That is certainly not the case here at Munster," said the former Ireland hooker.

"I think if you look at it, we played a pretty poor Ospreys team at home, so it wasn't like we just suddenly said, 'oh, we are at home, we are going to have a massive performance.'

"We played a really good Glasgow team who the previous year had pumped us when we went away to them as well.

"This period coming into Europe and the interpros is when you're trying to layer players back in, your internationals, you're trying to make sure everyone is aligned with the gameplan coming in and then you start to pick your strongest team then coming into Leinster and Europe."

Disappointing

Munster have won both their home matches comprehensively but slipped to disappointing away defeats to Glasgow Warriors and Cardiff Blues.

Now Munster are looking to get back on track when they host Ulster at Thomond Park tomorrow, a fixture which has gone in favour of the home side when they have met down through the years.

Now Munster want to get back to winning ways and Flannery knows what the key will be.

"We have just been inconsistent.

"The Cardiff game, for me, was really, really disappointing because getting to half-time and while it was disappointing to concede the points we did, we felt we were in the mix there and if we stayed with it, they had faded in the second half, where on Friday night they actually just grew stronger.

"The second half for me was very, very disappointing. It was a bad day and we just have to put it right," he added.

Meanwhile, Jean Deysel has sent out a warning to his former club that he is ready to go toe-to-toe with them at Thomond Park.

The South African back-rower feels he is getting back to top form following injury and the 33-year-old is relishing the chance to play his first game for Ulster at Thomond Park since joining in summer 2017.

"For the first time in a while my body is feeling really good. These are the games you want to play. Thomond Park isn't going to be easy and (the prospect) keeps you awake some nights.

"It's a phenomenal challenge but I think we can embrace that."

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