MUNSTER head coach Anthony Foley said the one positive from not being involved in the European Champions Cup quarter-finals next weekend is that it provides players with a chance to ‘freshen up’ ahead of their crucial PRO12 clash with Edinburgh on April 11.
Third-placed Munster will welcome back 6 Nations winners with Ireland, Paul O’Connell, Conor Murray and Peter O’Mahony for the key trip to Murrayfield on Saturday week.
Munster maintained their top four, play-off, hopes with a convincing 42-20, bonus point, win over Connacht at Thomond Park on Saturday night. Munster ran in five second half tries to ease to victory in the end, following a lacklustre first half display.
Foley said: “Look there’s a lot of rugby to go, but we’ve got four games left. We’ve a fortnight left before our next game unfortunately.
“We’d love to be playing next week but we haven’t earned the right to play next week and we have to deal with that. It gives us an opportunity to get more players back on the feet and freshen up the guys that have been up at (Ireland) camp and haven’t got a lot of rest. It gives us the opportunity to get away from it and an opportunity to get properly prepared for Edinburgh.
Foley admits next weekend’s European Champions Cup quarter-finals will be hard to watch with the province not involved.
Foley said: “Well, we’d like to be playing next week and we’re not, so we have to deal with that. We need to focus in on Edinburgh (Saturday week) and make sure we’re properly prepared.”