MUNSTER hooker, Damien Varley insisted the side’s display against Ospreys on Saturday night was ‘a huge step forward in the right direction’, following the inept recent showings against both the Scarlets and Treviso.
Varley bagged Munster’s only try at Thomond Park as Rob Penney’s men recorded a 13-13 draw with the RaboDirect PRO12 holders. Sixth-placed Munster now sit seven points off a play-off place with just five series of regular season games to come.
Damien Varley said: “It was a huge improvement. A lot of guys fronted up. There was a huge physical increase from the way we played the game against Treviso. I am happy.
“We have two weeks of training ahead and five more game in the Rabo as well as a quarter-final in the Heineken Cup. It is still not over.
“It is a huge step forward in the right direction for us.”
Varley said he believed there is a misconception among Munster supporters over the province’s playing style.
“There is a huge misconception in the public about the way we are trying to play the game,” Varley said.
“We have the freedom to play what is in front of us. Rob has given us that time and time again. wMunster has always had a physical presence for the past number of years. We can play the expansive game and be physical at the same time. That is something we have to be more consistent on.”
UL-Bohs scrum-half Cathal Sheridan made a big impact on his first start for Munster at this level, despite suffering a suspected dislocated finger early on,
“I thought Cathal Sheridan acquitted himself really well,” head coach Rob Penney enthused.
“It was a really big game for the young fella on the back of a bit of pressure. And he did everything we asked of him and showed some really good touches.”