Wednesday 13 December 2017

Varley demands big display

Hooker reveals Reds gunning for instant response to Treviso loss ahead of crunch period

John Fallon

Munster will need little incentive to get fired up to slay the Dragons in Cork tomorrow.

The Newport side, coached by the experienced Lyn Jones, have made a solid start to the season and come to Musgrave Park looking for their first win on Irish soil in five seasons.

Coach Rob Penney has called for an instant response as Munster bid to pick up the pieces after four yellow cards saw them lose a 10-point lead in Treviso last weekend before going down 29-19.

That defeat left a sour taste after an otherwise excellent week in northern Italy and Damien Varley, poised for his 100th cap, said that they are raring to get back on the park and rectify it.

And with places for the Leinster game and the opening two matches of the Heineken Cup up for grabs, Varley said a big display is expected.

"There's a lot of competition across the squad with everyone looking for a big performance this weekend ahead of Leinster and the two ERC games," said the 29-year-old hooker.

Penney said that they expect a full-blooded challenge from the Dragons and Varley said that they are ready to meet the challenge.

"We're putting pressure on ourselves," he said. "The Dragons are playing very well. They've always been a strong side, but the pressure is coming from ourselves.

"We're disappointed at the way we performed last week, there were such stupid errors at times and it means we must now put in a big performance on the following week and into the ERC."

Tickets for the match are available online and will be on sale tomorrow from 10.0 outside the Dolphin gates and from 4.30 at the Sunday's Well entrance.

And, of course, the All-Ireland hurling final replay between Cork and Clare will be shown live on the big screen from 5.0 before the rugby kicks-off at 6.45.

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