Monday 18 December 2017

Troops need to be on guard as Treviso chase big scalp

Not many teams pick up a valuable lesson when they play Zebre.

After all, every team which has played them has won, but Munster did manage to learn something as well as collect five points last weekend.

The Reds didn't make it easy for themselves in the opening half, especially when they were caught napping and Zebre took a quick penalty to give them a surprise lead at the break.

The manner in which the boys responded was spot on and will have pleased Rob Penney enormously. They didn't panic, they trusted their own ability, got on top and ran in the tries.

The concession of that soft score will not be lost on Munster and I doubt if they will concede another score like that one all season.

The message will have been hammered home to them all week – don't ever let your guard slip, no matter who you are playing against.

Munster would have expected to take care of Zebre without too much fuss, but they know that Treviso will be a different proposition and have the results to back that up.

Though Treviso have lost both their opening matches, they are a proud club and have a long tradition. They will not want to lose a second home match on the spin. Taking Munster's scalp would also be a big deal and that will drive them on.

But Munster must be confident. Two matches, 10 points on the board, you can't ask for more.

It would be great for them to make it three and stay on top of the league. It will take a big performance to do it, but they have it in them.

Irish Independent

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