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Style of play needs to be mixed up for next few games

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Simon Zebo, Munster, is congratulated by team-mate Keith Earls, after scoring his side's first try. European Rugby Champions Cup 2014/15, Pool 1, Round 6, Munster v Sale Sharks. Thomond Park, Limerick (Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE)

Simon Zebo, Munster, is congratulated by team-mate Keith Earls, after scoring his side's first try. European Rugby Champions Cup 2014/15, Pool 1, Round 6, Munster v Sale Sharks. Thomond Park, Limerick (Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE)

Simon Zebo, Munster, is congratulated by team-mate Keith Earls, after scoring his side's first try. European Rugby Champions Cup 2014/15, Pool 1, Round 6, Munster v Sale Sharks. Thomond Park, Limerick (Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE)

The next few Munster games will make for some interesting dissection. Do they revert back to type with a forwards-orientated game-plan, or will we see more of what destroyed Sale?

I suspect we might see a marriage of both styles, especially now Anthony Foley has his first-choice backline available, albeit a lot of them will be on Irish duty.

After the Saracens game I spotted a stat that said Munster had the fewest offloads in the competition after five rounds, but introducing that to their game and playing with a bit more freedom certainly brought another dimension to their play.

Sale looked uninterested at times, and you'd wonder if that free style game would work every day, but maybe if both plans can be used it might be beneficial.

Simon Zebo was immense, Andrew Conway wasn't too far behind, while Ronan O'Mahony should be thrilled with his first European start. Ivan Dineen was brilliant at times, and with Keith Earls looking sharp alongside him and Denis Hurley before his withdrawal, Munster played some scintillating rugby.

I'll be keen to see how they tackle Cardiff Blues next week.

Irish Independent