Thursday 22 March 2018

Foley: We know how to win tight games

Munster's Dave Foley:
Munster's Dave Foley: "The thing with this team is it's getting a bit more mature than it was last year and the year before." Photo: Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Second-row Dave Foley says an increased level of maturity in the Munster squad has been the big difference in the province's fortunes this season.

With five games remaining, Munster are only three points behind leaders Leinster and one point off second place, and it looks like supporters could be in for a bumper finale to the campaign.

There is also the small matter of a Champions Cup quarter-final against Toulouse to look forward to at Thomond Park in three weeks' time, and with so much up for grabs in the weeks ahead, the chance of silverware being claimed again has supporters excited.

Defeat to Scarlets at Thomond Park two weekends ago meant the long-time leaders slipped to third, but Ireland international Foley argues that it's no coincidence that Rassie Erasmus' side have won so many tight games late on.

A clutch drop-goal from Rory Scannell wrapped up the win in Cardiff last weekend, and similar heroics may well be required in the remaining league games against Zebre, Glasgow, Treviso, Ulster and Connacht.

"The thing with this team is it's getting a bit more mature than it was last year and the year before. You kind of find solutions now on the pitch," said Foley.

"We have got some good leaders and a lot of cool heads there. We don't panic - we've been in that position a good few times this year.

"We know if we are in the fight in the last ten or 15 minutes that we have a really good chance of scoring again. We just stay patient, go back to basics and go with what we know."

Irish Independent

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