Munster’s Varley enjoying battle for game time

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Munster hooker Damien Varley pictured at training at UL this week ahead of Saturday's RaboDirect PRO12 clash with Dragons at Musgrave Park, 6.45pm
DAMIEN Varley believes the fierce competition between himself and Mike Sherry over the starting berth at hooker is making them better players.

DAMIEN Varley believes the fierce competition between himself and Mike Sherry over the starting berth at hooker is making them better players.

Varley, who turns 30 next month, has started one of Munster’s PRO12 games this season, with Sherry starting the other two as the Garry wen clubmen look to gain a vital edge for selection ahead of the glamour PRO12 clash with Leinster and the opening two rounds of the Heineken Cup.

Varley said: “There’s a lot of competition across the squad with everyone looking for a big performance this week-end ahead of Leinster and the two ERC games. That includes the hooker position.

“Mike Sherry and myself are not exempt from competition or pressure. The two of us are battling it out and I think we are making better players of each other so we’ll see what happens over the coming weeks. I’m confident in my abilities and what I’m doing and what the coaches think.”

Varley said the players were putting pressure on themselves to produce an improved showing against Dragons this Saturday at Musgrave Park.

He said: “The Dragons are playing very well. They’ve always been a strong side but the pressure is coming from ourselves. We’re disappointed at the way we performed last week and it means we must now put in a big performance on the following week and into the ERC. Whatever pressure may be coming from supporters and the media, we’re putting pressure on ourselves as well.”