Munster coach Foley eyes ‘testing’ Ospreys fixture

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Munster head coach Anthony Foley
MUNSTER will look to improve upon their poor record at the Liberty Stadium with the province winning there just three times in their past 12 visits when Anthony Foley’s charges lock horns with Ospreys this Sunday in the PRO12, 2.30pm.

MUNSTER will look to improve upon their poor record at the Liberty Stadium with the province winning there just three times in their past 12 visits when Anthony Foley’s charges lock horns with Ospreys this Sunday in the PRO12, 2.30pm.

While Munster opened their Guinness PRO12 campaign with a stuttering victory over Treviso at Musgrave Park last weekend, the Ospreys fell to a disappointing defeat to Ulster at Kingspan Stadium.

Munster head coach Anthony Foley said: “The Liberty Stadium is a tough place to go, we are three wins out of 12 for the Liberty so it is not the most inviting place for Munster to go. But, it will be a good test for the boys this weekend. We were below-par (v Treviso), in terms of what we were looking for, from the game. But we won the game, we got four points. Last year we got one point.

“So it is about looking at the positive side of it. We created a lot of opportunities. We didn’t take them, so we have looked at that in detail.”

Foley said Munster needed to win games like this Sunday is the squad is to progress.

“Obviously a lot of bodies have shifted from last season, I think 15 or 16 bodies have left for various different reasons. We would have had last year, a lot of our academy players training with us through periods of the season and they are very much comfortable with the way we want to play the game. The guys we’ve brought in are the players that we wanted to have in here. So it’s good in that respect, but you are always judged on results so it’s one from one at the moment and we go to a place where we’ve won three out of the last 12, so it’s a testing weekend. But we all understand if we want to progress that we need to go to places like the Liberty Stadium and win.”