Munster's Dave Kilcoyne in action
MUNSTER’S free-scoring prop Dave Kilcoyne has praised the resilience the team showed in boosting their Pro12 play-off hopes with Saturday's bonus point win over Dragons.
Kicoyne bagged a brace of tries to bring his tally of touchdowns to four in three games as Anthony Foley's side ground out a hard fought 26-5 win.
Munster's win saw the province move up to fifth place in the Guinness pro12 table, four points behind fourth-placed Ulster.
Foley's charges have a game in hand on their Irish provincial rivals and will play that fixture on Friday week, March 18 when they travel to the Arms Park to take on Cardiff Blues, 7.15pm.
Kilcoyne said: ”I was delighted to get the bonus point win at Thomond Park against the Dragons. We really needed it.
“We will look at why it took so long to get the fourth try. There were a couple of times we got into their ‘22 and coughed up cheap possession. The lads showed real resilience to hang in there and get the bonus point at the end.”
Munster have a free weekend coming up as the 6 Nations Championship takes centre stage. Kilcoyne would prefer if the province was in Pro12 action.
”I want to be playing every week. I would like to be playing 80 minutes every week, but we have a week off from playing.
”Cardiff have been taking plenty of scalps over there. It’s a 4G pitch. They play an expansive game, like to throw it around.
”They are the kind of team that when you go to play, you have to dig in, we will be well aware of that.
”We will do a lot of strength and conditioning work, get ready for Cardiff. Every game is a must win, so we won’t be treating it as a week off, only a building week.”
Munster's programme of Pro12 games in April includes crucial inter-provincial derbies with table toppers Connacht and Leinster.
Kilcoyne said: ”You are always watching the home provinces, Leinster, Connacht and Ulster.
”Connacht played really well on Friday night against Edinburgh. They are on a high at the moment, we are chasing them.
”In those away games with Leinster and Connacht, we are playing two of the top teams. They are playing really good rugby. We have real tough fixtures coming up in the Pro12.”