Wednesday 24 July 2019

Foley: The boys are ready to win

Munster coach Anthony Foley says his side is ready to win
Munster coach Anthony Foley says his side is ready to win

Declan Rooney

Munster coach Anthony Foley has urged his side to take their chance to win some silverware for the province, but says even defeat won't be the end of the world for his side.

Munster face a tough Guinness Pro12 final against Glasgow Warriors at Kingspan Stadium tomorrow (6.30pm), but the chance of winning a first title since the 2010-'11 season is a huge driving force for the squad.

From the current squad, just five players remain from the starting 15 from that title-winning season, and Foley has encouraged his side to enjoy their day and fall back on the experience of playing in important games like Heineken Cup semi-finals.

"The final is an occasion and you don't play the occasion, you play the game. So it is about making sure we get our jobs done on the game.

"There will be a lot of hype, there will be a lot of fanfare. Then it is about your own preparation and making sure that you are right. It is not perfect, I think in 2006 before Biarritz five of our pack didn't train earlier in the week.

"They're in their 48th week of work. It is a long time for them and it is about managing the situation that we are in and making sure that we have got energy in the legs when we get up to Belfast so we can have a go at it."

Since that 19-9 win over Leinster to claim their last league title, Munster have suffered defeats in two of the last three semi-finals, but a win tomorrow will move the province back into top spot as joint record winners of the title on four wins.

Of the five players to start the last final, Conor Murray is unlikely to feature tomorrow with a knee injury, but Felix Jones, try scorer that day Keith Earls, Paul O'Connell and Donnacha Ryan will all have big roles to play.

"If we don't win and we end up losing, it's not all doom and gloom," stressed Foley. "We've brought through a lot of players, we're in a good position in that everyone has a clear understanding of how we want to play the game.

"Over the off-season we'll be looking to change a small bit and develop a bit more, try and bring through one or two more players to enhance our position going into the following season.

"But hopefully we can get there and get over the line, but it would be hell of a performance to get past Glasgow," added the Munster coach.

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