Rassie Erasmus: 'Munster in good place mentally'

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent

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Rassie Erasmus: 'Munster in good place mentally'

MUNSTER'S Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus says the side is in 'a good place mentally' ahead of crucial fixtures in both the Guinness Pro12 and European Champions Cup.

In-form Munster made it five wins on the bounce in all competitions when easily dismissing Treviso's meek challenge in a 46-3, seven-try rout of the Italians at Thomond Park on Saturday.

The bonus point win saw Munster leapfrog arch rivals Leinster and into top spot in the Guinness Pro12 table ahead of Friday night's big league test away to 2015 champions Glasgow warriors at Scotstoun, 7.35pm.

Beyond that, Munster face two mammoth back-to-back Champions Cup fixtures with Aviva Premiership giants Leicester Tigers, beginning with the home fixture at Thomond Park on Saturday, December 10, 3.15pm.

Munster will also be boosted by the return of their Irish internationals this week following the completion of their successful autumn international programme.

Keith Earls struck for a vital second half try as Joe Schmidt's Ireland side scored a dramatic 27-24 win over Australia at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday evening.

In so doing, Ireland became the first European side since 2003 to defeat Southern Hemisphere heavyweights South Africa, New Zealand and the Wallabies in the same year.

As well as tryscorer Earls, Munster will welcome back scrum-half Conor Murray, back-row CJ Stander, utility back Simon Zebo, second-row Donnacha Ryan and captain Peter O'Mahony for those crucial upcoming fixtures.

Munster Director of Rugby Erasmus said: "I'd be lying if I say we're not mentally in a good place. I think I was honest after the game against Cardiff, when I said we were so bad in that specific game, almost giving up.

“Then we had that sluggish game where it took about two hours to play. We got through those frustrating times but now we are in a good place.

“We're going to play them (Glasgow) four times I think in the next two or three months.

“We've seen what they did to Leicester four weeks ago. It's such a great challenge but it can be seen as daunting and a nice battle but definitely, definitely a tough one."