Tuesday 15 October 2019

WATCH: 'It's not good enough' - Johann van Graan's message to Andrew Conway following embarrassing blunder

Andrew Conway of Munster is dispossessed by Stephen Fitzgerald of Connacht
Andrew Conway of Munster is dispossessed by Stephen Fitzgerald of Connacht

Harry Clarke

Munster coach Johann van Graan says that Andrew Conway will learn "a valuable" lesson after spurning a certain try during yesterday's win over Connacht in the Pro14.

Conway was through, over the try line and with plenty of space and time to touch the ball down with Munster 7-3 down after 26 minutes.

But as the winger casually jogged towards the posts, he was caught unaware by the dogged Stephen Fitzgerald who came up from behind and shunted the ball from possession. Fitzgerald's persistence was admirable, but it was a glaring error from Conway.

Munster went on to win the match 27-14 to set up a Pro14 quarter final play-off with Benetton next week but Van Graan still had words for Conway afterwards.

"It's not good enough, once you are over the line you must score the try," said Van Graan.

"He said it straight away to the team, and if you look at his actions on the field, he had two assists in the next two tries.

"Hand up from his side, it’s not good enough and it’s the next job. A valuable lesson for him to learn."

Conor Murray was withdrawn from the Munster side ahead of the game as a precautionary measure due to a stiff neck.

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"He literally got a knock with the last breakdown of the warm-up," said van Graan.

"It happened literally seven or eight metres away from me. I got the medical team involved and we made a decision not to play him. He could have possibly have played but we decided to err on the side of caution if that's the correct English.

"We'll give some more info on Monday. It's just very stiff at this stage, that's all I can say."

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