'The tough things got to us, the little things - Axel’s seat on the coach and in the dressing-room' - Rassie Erasmus
Munster Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus praised his side after an emotion-charged 38-17 victory against Glasgow Warriors at a sold out Thomond Park.
And he vowed that Anthony Foley’s children, Tony and Daniel, would always be welcome in the Thomond park dressing-room after they formed an emotional post-match huddle with the squad for a rendition of “Stand Up and Fight”.
“I am relieved. This was unknown territory. We were not sure how we would react, the referee or the opposition. It was such a weird week, even in the warm-up I was unsure.
“But this morning, we decided the way we would play. I expected that they would come through with a performance but not in such a mature way after what happened to Anthony Foley. I am relieved.
“The tough things got to us, the little things, Axel’s seat on the coach and in the dressing-room. And the Irish people do things with so much emotion and I did not know how we would react.
“I am relieved and happy we could do this for Axel. We mentioned his name. We can’t win for Axel because what happens if you lose, but we can play the way he wanted us to play.
"If the game wasn’t for him, we would have postponed it. We played it for him.
“Around a tragic thing like this, you can’t find a silver lining. But it was a privilege to experience what we did here today. It was unreal and I include all Irish people in that. It was so personal and emotional and even more exaggerated when you get here.
"It was hard to think why you would want to be anywhere else than here.
“He would always bring his boys into the dressing-room, what happened at the end was spontaneous. It was awesome. If the family want us to bring them in again, we will do that.
“To play with 14 men, the guys for their effort in defence, we still have eight forwards so we needed to dominate in set-piece and that momentum got us through.
“We knew we would struggle on attack but the decisions from Peter got us through.
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