Erasmus admits Munster display was 'really average'

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent at Thomond Park

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Erasmus admits Munster display was 'really average'

MUNSTER Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus described his side’s performance as ‘really average’ in Saturday’s bonus point victory over Edinburgh at Thomond Park.

Munster jumped up to fourth place in the Pro12 table after extending their unbeaten record at Thomond Park for 2016 with that 14-point win over the Scottish side.

Erasmus said the quality of the performance needed to be looked at as well as the final result.

Erasmus said: “If you'd told me twelve weeks ago that we're going to get five points like that against a team we lost to last year, I would have said yes. I would have taken it. Also, the two away wins. We can't just look at the scoreboard and say we're happy.

“We have to look at the quality we produced. It was a really average performance."

A series of injuries and substitutions during the game resulted in prop Stephen Archer ending up playing at flanker for Munster.

Erasmus said Munster needed to show more composure in a game like Saturday’s which was very stop-start in nature.

He said: “You cannot take away that within 12 minutes of the start there was a seven minute delay because of an injury and then there was two yellow cards and then uncontested scrums.

“There was was another stop for what seemed like a 20-minute injury delay. Then, when we got to four tries, we made the substitutions.

“We lost a lock and a loose forward then, so I think it was a bunch of events that happened one after the other, but I have to accept that.

“That is what happened and through that we didn’t have enough composure to not let it affect us and that I must work on.”

Erasmus was pleased with how the Munster scrum performed before it went uncontested in the second half as a result of injuries to Edinburgh props.

“It was really positive. If you think about the team playing, you've got Archie (Stephen Archer) now back and getting a lot of minutes under his belt.

“Duncan (Casey) has been out for a while and is getting minutes. Darren O'Shea was playing in there. You've got Conor (Oliver) who scored his first try. We could manage Tyler (Bleyendaal) throughout the game. Look at Cian (Bohane) at centre. Keith Earls came through his 80 minutes. Then Alex Wootton making his debut. A lot of things happened.

“Sweets (Darren Sweetnam) played fullback for a while which is obviously not his best position. And through that we got four tries. We brought some depth there."